Former educator, councilman inducted into university hall of fame
by Matthew Strother News editor
Longtime resident and former educator and LaGrange Councilman George Moore was inducted into the Fort Valley State University Hall of Fame on Oct. 25.
Moore graduated from Fort Valley State University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in social science. He was proud to have been inducted into the school’s hall of fame.
“It felt great,” he said. “I feel real good about it. Very few people get to go to the hall of fame.”
He was introduced at the Hunt Bond Troup Gala ceremony at the university in Fort Valley by his son, George Moore Jr. He was nominated by the West Georgia chapter of the alumni association for the honor, based on his decades of community, volunteer and political work.
Moore has lived in LaGrange since 1963. He was a teacher in Troup County for 38 years, working as a counselor at East Depot High School, assistant principal at LaGrange Boys Junior High School, principal at Hill Street Junior High School and assistant principal of LaGrange High School before he retired in 1989.
He was one of the first volunteers for the Troup County board of the American Cancer Society, and served as its treasurer, and for three years as chairman, as well as serving on the state board of the ACS.
Moore also was on the board for the West Georgia Youth Council, which later became Twin Cedars Youth Services, when it began in 1979, working to get after-school programs in Troup County. He was on the board until 2004, and is now a board member emeritus for the group.
Moore said he also helped build the first Habitat for Humanity houses in Troup County, helping work on the foundation and laying bricks in 1991 for the first home on Grady Street.
“I had been a brick mason since 1946,” Moore said. “… We put the foundation in and for the first five houses, we did all the masonry.”
In 1982, Moore was the first African-American to be appointed to the Troup County Board of Tax Assessors, serving two terms until 1995. In 1996, he was elected to LaGrange City Council, then served three full terms until 2008.
In 2011, the city named the new LaGrange Fire Department Station 1 on South Davis Road after after Moore.
After graduating Fort Valley, Moore attended Tuskegee University and West Georgia State University, where he received masters degrees in supervision and administration. Moore also has served as a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Moore has been married to Ruth Moore for 58 years and they have two sons: George Moore Jr. and Dr. Edmund Harvey Moore.
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