James Edwin Moore, former director of field services at the Bienen School of Music, died April 14, 2022, at the age of 92. Born in Detroit on November 29, 1929, Moore was the first of his family to graduate from college after serving stateside during the Korean war. He received his bachelor's degree in music education in 1950 from Wayne State University and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan.

Before coming to Northwestern, Moore served as a teaching associate at the University of Michigan, assistant professor at Idaho State University, and professor at Cochise College in Arizona. He also directed bands and taught music classes in Michigan high schools for 12 years, led three Michigan church choirs, and directed the band training unit while serving in the 10th Infantry Division Band at Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1960 he met Carol Barney, who was working at Carty’s Music Store in Ypsilanti, Michigan. They were married in 1962.

Moore came to Northwestern in 1968 as an associate professor of music education. He took on progressive administrative responsibilities during his 26 years of service to the School of Music. As director of field services, he administered admissions, managed the placement office, organized the national admissions auditions, wrote the computer program that sent job notices to students, steered the school's national advertising campaign, and edited the school’s alumni magazine, Fanfare. As director of the summer session, he guided the school through a period of extensive change in University program policies. During most summer terms, he also served as director of the National High School Institute. One of his most rewarding roles was traveling the country to audition and recruit new students.

Active in the community, Moore participated in the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra and the Northshore Concert Band. He also directed church choirs in Northbrook. After his retirement in 1994, Moore became a consultant for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. He and Carol returned to Arizona, where they built a house in Tucson and traveled extensively.

Moore is survived by his children (sons Colin and Clay Moore and daughter Harker Brautighan) and sister Garlin Green. He was preceded in death by his wife Carol in 2018, mother Flora Clark, brother Keith Clark, father Raymond Moore, and stepmother Ruth Moore.

A celebration of the lives of Jim and Carol is being planned currently. For updates, visit jamesandcarol.info.

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