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University of Rochester Professor Jesse Moore Passes

By Staff


mooreUniversity of Rochester professor emeritus of history Jesse Moore Jr. died Saturday, April 18, at the age of 82.

The well-known American and African-American history scholar had been battling cancer.

Moore joined the university’s history department in 1970, and also served as a dean at the school, leading diversity initiatives to recruit minority students, as well as supporting those who had already been enrolled at the university.

He also founded the University’s Robert E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program in 1992, a program which had been a “federally supported initiative to encourage talented sophomores and juniors from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral degrees,” according to the school’s website.

“A graduate of North Carolina College at Durham, Moore served in the Navy and taught high school before earning a PhD from Pennsylvania State University in 1971,” a tribute on the university’s website stated. “His 1980 book, A Search for Equality: The National Urban League, 1910–1961, established him as a leading authority on the civil rights organization’s history and its contributions to American social history. The university’s Urban League Scholarship was renamed in his honor in 2009.”

Moore taught courses on African-American history, American protest movements, and 20th-century American history, until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his son, Jesse Thomas Moore III; his brother, George Leon Moore; and his sisters, Dr. Ruth Moore Jackson, Barbara Smalls Delifus, and Georgia Moore Mitchell.

Officials said services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, at Good Shepherd Church, 3318 E. Henrietta Rd.

In addition, the university will lower its flag to half-staff on the day of the funeral.

Visit for the school’s full tribute to Moore.