J.G. Moore, M.D.

J.G. Moore

1917-2003

Dr. Moore was born September 17, 1917 in Berkeley, California. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1939 and received his M.D. degree from the University of California Medical School, San Francisco in 1942. He completed his internship at that institution in 1943. He went immediately into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in the European theater with great distinction and bravery. He rose to the rank of Major before his discharge in 1946 and was decorated with the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

Following his military service, he returned to the University of California, San Francisco for his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which he completed in 1949. He then served on the faculty at the University of Iowa for one year but was rapidly recruited to the then new medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1951. He rose rapidly through the academic ranks, being promoted to Professor in 1963. He was recruited to Columbia University in 1965 where he served as Professor and Chairman until 1968. He then served as Professor and Chairman at UCLA until his retirement when he became Professor Emeritus.

He had a very distinguished academic career and his exceptional abilities were recognized by his election to important positions in the major organizations in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the United States. He was the President of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1974 to 1978 and Chairman of the Board of that organization from 1978 to 1983. He was a renowned teacher with a remarkable memory for scientific facts. He delivered his lectures with exceptional clarity and was the President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1973. He was one of the first investigators to recognize the utility of growing cancer cells in culture in order to be able to study the effects of various drugs on that growth. He was the President of the Society for Gynecologic Investigation in 1966.

He was a remarkably dedicated physician who was greatly respected by all of his colleagues. His devotion in providing excellent care to each of his patients was widely recognized and therefore his services were repeatedly requested. His patients were well aware of his devotion to the pursuit of excellence and were all very expansive in expressing their appreciation of his warmth and insistence upon attention to every detail.

His personal characteristics were such that he was broadly respected and admired by generations of medical students, residents, colleagues, and faculty members. His enthusiasm and industry were legendary. One of his most prominent traits was his vigorous and remarkable sense of loyalty. This was widely recognized by all of his associates but nowhere was it more apparent than in his feelings for his family. He was very proud of each one of them, particularly his wife of 57 years, Mary Louise. He is survived by Mary Louise and his children: Barbara, Terence, and Bruce, as well as his grandchildren: Rory, Megan, and Maryann.

The family has asked that remembrances be made to the J.G. Moore Memorial Research Fund at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the David Geffen School of medicine at UCLA.

Submitted by William Dignam, M.D.

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