George Moore, 91, psychologist, animal advocate


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George Brannon Moore, 91, of River Forest, died on April 30, 2013. Born in Ft. Worth , Texas , he grew-up in Hot Springs , Ark. At age 14, he served President Roosevelt as his Eagle Scout honor guard when the president visited the spa. At age 21, after a year of medical school, he was prompted by the immediate need for medics in the battle zones to resign his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the ASTP and join the U.S. Army, where he served as a surgical technician and laboratory analyst in New Guinea and the Philippines. His unit was among the liberation forces.

While with the Army of Occupation in Japan, the veterans' symptoms he observed, now known as PTSD, inspired him to change his career direction to pursue doctoral studies in psychology at the University of Colorado. He came to Chicago for further study at IIT and the University of Chicago and worked with a psychiatrist to increase his knowledge of psychoanalysis.

Joining the American and Illinois Psychological associations in 1953, he began a 42-year practice of clinical and industrial psychology at Chicago institutions and became vice-president and chief psychologist at a management consultant firm. He retired in 1994, in his 20th year as a mental health administrator at the VA West Side Hospital and received national recognition for his work.

Returning to Scouting as his son's Webelos leader and then assistant scoutmaster, he volunteered as district/council commissioner and Wood Badge coordinator/instructor/chaplain for over 25 years, receiving the Silver Beaver Award. In 1973, he was the first to volunteer his home for foster care and to fund pre-adoption, spay/neuter surgery for the animals he rescued when his son's Eagle Scout community service project — now the Animal Care League, founded by his son, Roger — became Oak Park-River Forest's first humane society. A board member for the first five years and from 2002-2008, he also served 20 years on the Oak Park Art League board.

A 50-year member at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest where he was confirmed, he served as acolyte and assisting minister and also trained for and led classes in the Bethel Series, a two-year overview of both testaments.

George Moore is survived by Betty, his wife of 56 years; his children, Alison Moran, Linnea Morton and Roger (Paula) Moore; his grandchildren, Laura (Allen) Poole, and Amelia and Matthew Moore; his great-grandchildren, Rosalie Morton, Kyle Brintnall and Allen Poole Jr.; his nieces Jan Stutheit and Joan (Robert) Gaunt; and his nephews, Charles Herbst, Henry (Mary) Moore and Steve and Bruce (Cindy) Stutheit. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Leah Moore.

A memorial service was held at Grace Lutheran Church on June 29 with interment in the Grace Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, donations to Grace Lutheran or to the Animal Care League are appreciated.

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