Academic journal article Fordham Urban Law Journal

William J. Moore

Academic journal article Fordham Urban Law Journal

William J. Moore

Article excerpt

November 7, 2001

I am honored beyond words to be asked to offer a few reflections today about my friend and mentor, Bill Moore. I extend to all the members of Bill's family--his children and their spouses, his grandchildren and his brother, and sister and the members of their families--the heartfelt sympathy of Fordham Law School and our enormous gratitude.

Bill, or Dean Moore as he was referred to by so many, was a beloved member of the Fordham Law School community. He was a towering presence at the gateway to the School for thousands and thousands of young men and women who sought admission between 1970 and 2000. He treated everyone with dignity and respect. No one recalls a moment when he expressed a harsh word about another person, dismissed a request for reconsideration, or turned aside a call or letter about an applicant. He was a person of patience, kindness and consideration. He was a prince among men, excelling in everything he did without calling the slightest attention to himself or causing anguish to another.

When applicants, students and others would inquire about what made Fordham Law School distinctive, he would say, ever so briefly and humbly, "It is a very nice place." It is a very nice place because of Bill Moore. He set the tone. He was always willing to take a chance on a student who seemed, on paper to be below the school's standards. He had a remarkable ability to see the best in everyone. His legacy at Fordham Law School was bringing to every situation his special combination of intelligence, compassion, empathy, and remarkable understanding of people. …

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