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First woman to chair Brenau’s Board of Trustees dies

POSTED: August 23, 2012 12:05 a.m.

Brenau University and the Gainesville community have lost a great person and contributor, Grace Hooten Moore, who died Wednesday at 95.

Moore, who graduated from Brenau in 1938, was active in supporting the university. As a student, she was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.

After graduating, she served on Brenau’s Board of Trustees during the 1970s. She made history in 1974 when she was appointed as Brenau’s first female chair of the Board of Trustees. She was involved in various alumni activities and attended several arts and other university events.

According to a statement from the university, “Brenau has lost a great friend and a loyal supporter with the passing of Grace Hooten Moore. Our sympathies go out to all the members of her family.”

She earned many honors and awards for the active involvement and support she provided to Brenau. These honors include the Outstanding Alumni Award and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award.

According to the university’s statement, the Sullivan Award “... is Brenau’s highest non-academic honor, given to women whose extraordinary lives exemplify the noblest of human qualities.”

Moore was also a member of the Brenau Alumni Hall of Fame.

She also was active in the Gainesville community. Moore served as a Girl Scout leader and charter member and trustee of the Junior Service League.

She was involved with the Cancer Society and was an active member of First United Methodist Church, serving there in leadership positions and on many committees.

“She was very active in the community and very well-known,” said Madge Burch, longtime friend of Moore and wife of Ray Burch, who served on the Board of Trustees with her.

In 1975, Moore was recognized as the Woman of the Year by the Rotary Club in Gainesville for her contributions to the community.

Besides her contributions to Brenau and the Gainesville community, Moore was also a great friend to many.

“She was just a lovely lady all through her life,” Madge Burch said.

Burch remembers when her children spent time with Moore’s children.

“We did things with our children together,” she said. “We’ve had bridal parties together for our children.”

Moore will be missed by many in the Brenau and Gainesville communities.

“First and foremost, Grace Moore was one of the kindest, concerned, most genteel Southern women you would ever meet,” Brenau University President Ed Schrader said.


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