Ward “Bill” Moore, age 90 was born and raised in Cowden, IL and was residing in Indianapolis IN, when he passed away peacefully in the early hours of September 27th of natural causes.Graveside service will be held at the Mound Cemetery in Cowden, IL on Saturday, October 11 at 11:00 AM. There will be a reception at the Cowden Community Center immediately following the service.
In Cowden, Bill was raised in a familiar and protective prosperous community. Bill visited his parents Cecil and Velma and his younger brother Tom in Cowden frequently as an adult. He benefited immensely from good public education, even during the austere years of the Depression. He began school with the advantage that his older brother Bob passed on all his lessons learned over the two year prior to his little brother’s enrolling. As a result, he was ‘promoted’ to second grade during the initial months of first grade.He had committed and resourceful elementary school teachers, one of who organized field trips to historical and pre-historical sites throughout Illinois.He had a high school math teacher with a Masters in mathematics from the University of Chicago. His sports claim-to-fame came as a high school senior playing basketball for Cowden when he stole the ball in the last seconds and scored the winning points in the championship game of the1940 National Trail Conference Tournament against Teutopolis.
Bill attended the University of Illinois in Urbana on an Illinois General Assembly Scholarship where he met Frances Laura Campbell, his wife of 65 years, who was also a student. He earned an AB in Zoology in 1948 and a PhD in Physiology in 1952 from the University of Illinois. Bill’s first son Scott was born in Urbana while he was a graduate student. He began his professional career at Oklahoma A&M College in Stillwater, OK where his daughter Ann was born. He later moved to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN where his twin sons Brian and Kevin were born. Bill rose through the academic ranks at Indiana University, retiring as Associate Dean of the School of Medicine and Director of the Medical Science Program in Bloomington, a large and successful MD/PhD program that he directed for 12 years. He retired in 1989 as Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Biophysics.
The Moore family lived in Karachi, Pakistan in 1963-64 where he was Visiting Professor at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre and later they lived in Bangkok, Thailand from 1968-71 where, as a Staff Member for the Rockefeller Foundation, he was Visiting Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the Faculty of Science at Mahidol University School of Medicine. In 2001, HRH MahaChakriSirindhorn, the Crown Princess of Thailand, personally conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, HonorisCausa in recognition of his vital contributions to Mahidol University.
During his career he helped train many Master’s and Doctoral students in the United States, Pakistan and Thailand, many of whom achieved professional distinction and leadership positions in their respective institutions. He published many peer-reviewed research papers on the physiology of the pituitary gland and the kidney. He also authored several chapters in all five editions of a well-respected and widely used physiology textbook commonly referred to as “Selkurt’s Physiology” published between 1962 and 1984 by colleagues at Indiana University.
Bill was a World War II veteran who, after training in medicine, engineering and ordinance, shipped out to the Philippines with the 3626th Recoil Repair Company. Thankfully, the war in the Pacific ended during the voyage.
During his retirement Bill and his wife Fran traveled with friends to Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. He published “Varsity Sports at Indiana University” with his friend, historian Cecil Byrd. Bill was a lifelong Abraham Lincoln history buff, visiting Lincoln homes, shrines, and statues, and attending Lincoln-Douglas Debate observances and reenactments. His contribution to Lincoln scholarship was a book co-authored with Cecil Byrd, “Lincoln in Print and Photograph.” He was also a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
He is survived by his wife Frances, his daughter Ann and his sons Scott, Brian and Kevin. Please make donations of remembrance in his name to the Shelby County Historical Society or to your favorite charity.
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