Eugene Harrington Moore, Jr—referred to at various times in his life as Junior, Gene, EU-gene, Counselor, Dad, and Opa—was born November 26, 1947 and left us April 11, 2014.
He was born and raised in Waco, TX, the son of the late Eugene Harrington and Charlotte Garrett Moore, themselves native Wacoans. The Brazos may run muddy, as Lyle Lovett wrote, but it runs strong in Gene’s family. After graduating from Richfield High School in 1965, he attended Baylor University, class of 1969, where he was a member of Circle K. Gene loved all things Baylor, particularly football, though to his final day he believed the only true BU football helmet was old gold with a single green stripe. In a freshman English class at Armstrong Browning Library, he met Sheila Duncan. They were married August 22, 1970, in her hometown of Longview, TX.
He joined the Waco City Attorney’s office after graduating from Baylor Law School in 1972 and then became an Assistant City Attorney in Irving, TX. Following that, he worked in the legal department of Lone Star Gas in Dallas before taking a position with Dresser Industries in Houston in 1976. In 1987, he became General Counsel of Dresser-Rand in Corning, NY, a city that forever held a fond spot in his heart.
Upon returning to Dallas in 2000, he maintained a private legal practice and was General Counsel of Ruhrpumpen—a job that often took him to Witten, Germany, whose residents treated him as if he were a native, even if he spoke German with a Texas accent.
Gene is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, Sheila, his son and daughter-in-law Geoff and Nicki Moore of Los Angeles, CA, his daughter and son-in-law Emily and Seth Kenton of Silver Spring, MD, and three grandchildren—Brooks & Camille Kenton and Griffin Moore. He also treasured his sister and brother-in-law Carole Jean and Dr. E. Maxey Abernathy and their three children.
A memorial service to celebrate Gene’s life will be held Wednesday, April 16th, at 11:00 am at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Eugene H. and Charlotte G. Moore Law School Scholarship Fund at Baylor Law School.
Everyone Gene met became a friend, and anyone who heard his stories—from “too many clickety-clicks” to “Chronicle Bob” to “Agent Cupcake”—knew that he had the gift of gab as well as the gift of laughter. We will miss that, and we will miss him.
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