OBIT: Dorothy R. Moore (Ford City)

Dorothy Moore

Dorothy R. Moore died on Monday, July 23, 2012 at the age of 91 after more than a decade fighting the effects of Parkinson’s Disease.

The daughter of the late Herbert and Esther (McCall) Woodring, her father was a survivor of the Johnstown Flood of 1889. William Henry Rosensteel, her great grandfather who also survived the flood, became of the prominent organizers of the
Underground Railroad in Western Pennsylvania, sheltering and supporting runaway
slaves fleeing from the South in the years before and during the Civil War.

As a young woman, Dorothy Moore was a model and saleswoman in the fashion department at Kaufman’s Department Store in Pittsburgh. With the outbreak of  World War II, she was hired to head the Canteen at Joseph Horne’s Department Store. Pittsburgh’s main center for families sending “care” packages to the U.S. troops fighting in Europe and Asia. Elizabeth Stewart, the mother of actor Jimmy Stewart, was one such person with whom she worked over the course of the war to send everything from extra socks to food stuffs.

With the war’s end and closing of the Canteen, she was hired to the front office of the
Westinghouse Corporation where she became a receptionist and then secretary to
the legendary Gwilym A. Price, the company’s president and CEO. She also was
photographed as a model, promoting the latest Westinghouse kitchen products, in
various national publications.  It was during this period that she met her future husband, James P. Moore, M.D. while he was beginning his medical training having recently graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.

The two were married in Pittsburgh in 1951 and lived in Chicago and Youngstown while Dr. Moore finished his medical training. They then returned to Pittsburgh for a
short time before settling in Ford City in 1954.

In the ensuing years, Dorothy Moore became a homemaker, raising three boys and supporting her husband’s medical practice. She helped found “Doctor’s Day” to honor the physicians of the Armstrong County Memorial Hospital after witnessing firsthand
the sacrifices her husband and other physicians were making for the good of their patients and the community. Later she spent several years as a volunteer at St. Marys School in Ford City, working with students in learning how to read.

She is survived by her three sons: the Honorable James P. Moore Jr. of Washington,
D.C., the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, an author, and a professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University; Dr. Terrence E. Moore, who practiced family medicine with his late father and who continues that practice in Ford City; and Gregory S. (Jenifer) Moore, Esq, Guilford, Connecticut and the father of Daniel Patrick Moore, Dorothy’s only grandson.

Friends will be welcomed at the Welch Funeral Home in Ford City on Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Prayers of Transfer will be recited Friday, July 27 at
9:30 AM at the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 10AM at Christ, Prince of Peace Church, Ford City, with Reverend Bryan Summers celebrant and Reverend Chrysostom Schlimm O.S.B. co-celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Marys Cemetery, Manor Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Christ Prince of Peace Church, 718 Fourth Avenue, Ford City , PA 16226 or the National Parkinsons Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

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