Retired Department Chair at UNF Made Mark; Moore, Who Died Sunday, Helped Establish Graduate School of Business at Michigan State University

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, The Times-Union

David G. Moore, retired chairman of the Department of Management at the University of North Florida who formerly was executive vice president of the Conference Board, an independent New York-based business-oriented think tank, died Sunday. He was 86 and lived in Ponte Vedra Beach since 1979, the last three years at Vicar's Landing.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Palms Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville Beach, followed by a reception in the parlor at Vicar's Landing.

A native of Norwich, Conn., Dr. Moore grew up in Chicago and upstate New York. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology and philosophy from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago.

While earning his doctorate, he worked full time at Sears, Roebuck and Co. in its national personnel department.

Before that, he worked for Western Electric at the Hawthorne Works in the Chicago suburb of Cicero where he was involved in the monumental Hawthorne Study, which examined productivity and work conditions.

He began his academic career in 1950 at the University of Chicago as assistant professor of sociology and industrial relations. He was promoted to director of the executive program of the graduate school of business administration before leaving in 1956 for Michigan State University where he became head of the department of management.

While at MSU, Dr. Moore was instrumental in establishing the graduate school of business administration and the design of master's and doctoral programs in business administration.

Dr. Moore was a Ford Foundation visiting professor in behavioral sciences at the University of Wisconsin in 1962 and the following year was named dean of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. …