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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Meat
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southwest United States
Favorite Quote:
Focus, Function, And Finish.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1923
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Human Resources Executive
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
Meat
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southwest United States
Favorite Quote:
Focus, Function, And Finish.

Birthplace

Born:
1/11/1923
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Civic leader John Edward Moore, Sr. was born on January 11, 1923 in Birmingham, Alabama. His parents, Ausro and Gertha Jones Moore moved the family to Dayton, Ohio shortly after he was born. Moore attended Washington Elementary School, Steele High School and graduated from Wilbur Wright High School in 1941, just prior to World War II. Working briefly as a civilian at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), Moore was drafted into the United States Army in 1943. Serving in the 2261st Quartermaster Trucking Company in Bangladesh, he earned the rank of corporal.

In 1946, Moore returned from World War II and was hired as a clerk at WPAFB. In 1955, he finished his B.S. degree from the University of Dayton in business administration and went on to pursue graduate studies at Ohio State University. Moore became the first Equal Employment Opportunity officer at WPAFB in 1960. In 1972, Moore became WPAFB’s first African American chief of Civilian Personnel, one of the largest government employers in the nation. Moore retired in 1979.

Over the years, Moore has served the Dayton community as a civic leader. He has served on more than fifty boards and committees. In 1972, Moore was appointed to the Dayton Foundation board by Mayor James H. McGee, has served as chair of the board, is a founding member of its African American Community Fund and is current chair of the Diversity Task Force. He was co-chair of Parity, Inc., is a member of the Black Leadership Development Program Steering Committee, a trustee of the Med America Health Systems Corporation, a member of the United Way Public Policy Committee, Job Center Governing Board, Montgomery County Out of School Task Force, Montgomery County Workforce Policy Board, Montgomery County Workforce Policy Board Youth Council, chair of the Montgomery County Mentoring Collaborative Advisory Committee, vice chair of Mound Street Academies, treasurer of Family and Children First Council and Executive Committee, and co-chair of Mary Scott Nursing Center Capital Campaign. Moore has received a myriad of awards including the 1994 Big Brothers and Big Sisters “304 Service Award”; 1995 Leadership Dayton Emeritus Award; 1997 Montgomery County Citizen of the Year Award; Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Dayton (1998); 2000 Chamber of Commerce President’s Club Award; Ohio Association of Community Colleges 2001 Maureen C. Grady Award; 2003 Dunbar State Memorial Award and the 2005 Fred Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award.

In 2000, the $13 million John E. Moore, Sr. Technology Center was opened on the campus of Sinclair Community College. Moore, whose wife, Hester, passed away in 2004, has two grown children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of John Moore's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - John Moore lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - John Moore describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - John Moore recalls how his family moved from Tennessee to Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - John Moore describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - John Moore describes his family's livelihood in Dayton, Ohio during his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - John Moore describes racial segregation in Dayton, Ohio during the early 20th century
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - John Moore describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Dayton, Ohio, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - John Moore describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood in Dayton, Ohio, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - John Moore recalls job opportunities for African Americans in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - John Moore recalls his grade school experiences in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - John Moore recalls his high school experiences in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - John Moore recalls special events from his high school years in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - John Moore describes his decision to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1943
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - John Moore recalls the segregated U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - John Moore recalls being deployed to the China Burma India Theater of World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - John Moore recalls serving in India with the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - John Moore remembers poverty and prejudice in India during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - John Moore recalls scarce opportunities for African American soldiers during World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - John Moore reflects upon his experiences serving overseas in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - John Moore remembers returning to Dayton, Ohio after his military service
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - John Moore describes his career in the civilian service for the U.S. military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - John Moore remembers building his home in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - John Moore recalls homebuilding in Dayton, Ohio during the 1950s and 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - John Moore describes his experiences at Ohio's University of Dayton
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - John Moore describes how the U.S. armed forces changed after World War II
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - John Moore recalls handling labor relations at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - John Moore recalls equal opportunity issues at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - John Moore describes his civil rights advocacy at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - John Moore describes his civil rights activities since his retirement in 1979
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - John Moore reflects upon his success in his career and volunteer work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - John Moore describes his volunteer activities in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - John Moore recalls serving as a consultant for the Dayton Public Schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - John Moore describes serving on the boards of The Dayton Foundation and the United Way
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - John Moore describes his involvement with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - John Moore describes his support for scholarship programs in the Dayton area
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - John Moore describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - John Moore reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - John Moore reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - John Moore describes his family life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - John Moore describes his hopes and concerns, and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - John Moore narrates his photographs