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Giving Moore

Local family continues legacy of philanthropy

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The Moore family has been an integral part of Bridgewater State University for more than a century. The family's legacy will persist for generations to come with the establishment of an endowed scholarship for aspiring educators in the name of the late Charles N. Moore Jr., ’56.

Moore studied math and science at what was then Bridgewater State Teachers College. His gift was announced by President Frederick W. Clark Jr., ’83.

“It provides a meaningful impact for current and future students forever,” Clark said. Moore's donation “plants seeds of development and growth for our students.”

Moore also helped sow seeds of a different sort by funding construction of a new garden between East Campus Commons and Burrill Avenue that now bears his name.

University administrators praised his generosity and the family’s commitment to BSU at a recent dedication ceremony.

“Providing opportunity for our students coupled with beauty for this campus – that’s a wonderful legacy,” Clark said.

Moore's yearbook entry

The Moores came to the town of Bridgewater in 1847, just a few years after Bridgewater State was founded in 1840. Since then, members of the family have run the former Boyden Gymnasium, kept the campus grounds looking beautiful, operated the power plant and, of course, earned numerous degrees from Bridgewater. Today, family member Kathy (Moore) Flaherty, ’91, G’19, serves the university as an IT project manager.

“This is the best example of paying it forward as we are so thankful for the opportunities that this university has made for our family,” she said.

The new scholarship will benefit future educators with financial need. Recipients need not have the highest GPA, but must be hard-working, dedicated students.

The best teachers were sometimes not at the top of their class as students, said Dr. Jo Hoffman, interim dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences.

And, finances can be especially challenging during student teaching, which is akin to a full-time job without earning wages, Hoffman explained.

Endowed scholarships such as Moore’s are special.

“Your legacy lives on,” Clark said. “It makes a difference forever.”

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