NJCU Mourns the Passing of Former Chairman of the Board John J. Moore `56, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors and Member of the Athletics Hall of Fame

JERSEY CITY, NJ | New Jersey City University (NJCU) mourns the passing of John J. Moore, LLM, `56, former Chairman of the Board and current Trustee Skilled and a member of the NJCU Athletics Hall of Fame. One of the most influential alumni and leaders in NJCU history since arriving on campus in 1952, Mr. Moore died at his home in Teaneck, NJ on January 14, 2022 – 10 days shy of his 89th birthday.

Teacher, lawyer and prominent education advocate, Moore, 88, was named to the board of trustees of the former Jersey City State College in 1982, was named chairman of the board of trustees in 1989, and served for a total of two decades in the central leadership role – longer than any other person in its history – and a total of 27 years on the board, before stepping down in 2009.

Dr. Sue Henderson, The President of New Jersey City University said: “John Moore is one of the most distinguished alumni and influential leaders in the history of this university. His deep love for his alma mater was evident in his words and his actions, as well as in his vision and foresight for what NJCU could and should have a lasting footprint.John lived the university’s mission through and through.Although he will be missed, John made an impact on generations of Gothic Knights through his work and earned the respect and admiration of many.Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Carmela, his children and grandchildren and his extended family and all who knew and loved him .”

John Moore pictured with former presidents Bill Maxwell and Carlos Hernandez.

Dr. Carlos Hernández, the 11th president of the NJCU from 1993 to 2012, fondly remembers his friend and colleague. “John holds a unique place in the history of the university and in New Jersey higher education in general. His commitment and love for the students we serve, for public higher education, and his unwavering loyalty have been the characteristics of his incredibly wonderful and beneficial leadership of the Board of Trustees of the University. I credit John with my chairmanship. He convinced me to apply when my predecessor, Bill Maxwell, retired. John was always there to support the institution and my vision for its future, and he always had the respect of his fellow board members because of his internal drive to do what was best for the University”

During his tenure, Moore oversaw the college’s expansion and formal transition to New Jersey City University in 1998. He was also a founding member of the New Jersey State Colleges Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1990 – the precursor to New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. (NJASCU) – first chairman of the board in 1985 and a member of the New Jersey State Board of Higher Education from 1985 to 1987, where he worked to secure funding for child care on behalf of single mothers going back to school.

Joseph F. Scott, the current Chairman of the NJCU Board of Trustees, said: “On behalf of the board, we are eternally grateful for his service to the university. While most of us currently on the board have not had the benefit of serving alongside John while he was president, his dedication and loyalty to the NJCU, his mission to provide life-changing social mobility for his students, and his desire to see the university prosper for the generations to come, were clear to all who knew him and will certainly live.

On November 11, 1989, Moore was inducted into the Jersey City State College Athletics Hall of Fame, now known as the Lawrence R. Schiner Athletics Hall of Fame, for his collegiate basketball career at the institution and for his subsequent work as a leading contributor. He was instrumental in promoting support for the renovation of the Tidelands Sports Complex – now known as the Thomas M. Gerrity Sports Complex – and other sports projects. He was the Board’s leading supporter of increased resources and improved facilities for the athletic program and a strong advocate for the importance of athletics in college life.

On December 7, 2004, on the recommendation of the University Senate, Moore received the ultimate honor when the university’s board voted to rename the Athletics and Fitness Center in his honor, officially dedicating the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center on March 22 2005. Commonly known as “JMAC,” the facility, which opened in 1994, is the focal point of NJCU’s athletic department and home ground for by Moore Beloved Gothic Knights, including basketball, volleyball, and now wrestling programs. Moore was also a longtime member of the Green and Gold Club, the former NJCU track and field recall organization.

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Before John Moore was an influential lawyer and college leader, he was a lightning-fast point guard in the early and mid-1950s and captain of the NJCU basketball team for two years. .

“Nobody cared more about college than John,” recalls Rafael Perez, Esq., former Chairman of the NJCU Board of Trustees [2009-2021], who succeeded Moore in the role after joining the board under Moore in 1999. about individuals from all walks of life. He was just a wonderful man.”

“He was always very independent and felt that the university should also act independently,” Perez added. “Even though he served on other boards that promoted higher education statewide, he embraced the idea that the university and the board of trustees should be independent. That legacy has endured. “

Hernandez noted “John came to the institution as one of the first male students, along with Bill Maxwell, admitted through the GI Bill. He grew up knowing the institution and its importance to our local community and its very mission John truly lived that mission. It was his personal journey and his life’s work. Even as a lawyer, the mission to serve underrepresented people was always central to what he did. He fulfilled this mission extremely well when he was first appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the College Development Fund and then certainly in his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Directors. he adored and defended it, and when the chips fell in Trenton with any act that might negatively impact the institution, he was one of the first to fight for his alma mater. “

Born January 24, 1933 in Jersey City, Moore was the eldest of seven children. Known throughout his life for an extraordinary work ethic, he entered the workforce at age seven. He later attended Memorial High School in West New York, NJ and continued to support his family, leaving school at various times to work double shifts in embroidery factories.

He applied to the then Jersey City State Teachers College and was accepted on a scholarship, an experience that would change his life forever and ignite an eight-decade love for the institution. A standout men’s basketball point guard under coach Dr John Reckzeh from 1952 to 1956, he was one of its first stars and captained the program for two years, before earning in 1956 a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

Shawn Tucker, Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, said: “When I came to NJCU in 2018, I quickly learned of the decades-long impact Mr. Moore had on his alma mater and his passion for the sport. NJCU athletics, especially our basketball programs, for he once played. As we mourn his passing, we will continue to celebrate his life as one of the greatest Gothic Knights who ever lived. NJCU will continue to make him proud, and his legacy will live on in the building that bears his name.”

larry schiner, who was sporting director for a good part of Moore, added: “John Moore was a gentleman of the highest order and a devoted alumnus and supporter of all aspects of the University. I will certainly miss his friendship.”

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John Moore, pictured with Carmela, his beloved wife of nearly 65 years, has been a mainstay at hundreds of NJCU events during his decades-long relationship with his alma mater.

Upon graduation, he was drafted into the United States Army and after serving in Germany, was discharged with honors in 1958. He returned to the United States and attended law school in New York nights while working days as an elementary school teacher, graduating from law school in 1961. That same year, he was admitted to the New York State Bar and joined the Continental Insurance Company. In 1970, he earned a master’s degree from New York University Law School.

He joined the New York firm of Barry, McTiernan and Moore as a senior partner in 1971. Along with longtime partner and close friend Roger McTiernan, he oversaw a two-decade expansion of the firm. He was a member of the Defense Association of New York, editor of the Respondent, vice president of the Defense Research Institute and president of the Catholic Insurance Guild. He retired as a partner of Barry, McTiernan and Moore in 1985, but remained affiliated with the firm for years.

Civically in his longtime hometown of Teaneck, NJ, Moore was named the first chairman of the Civil Complaints Review Commission in 1990 – the first of its kind in the state.

Moore was quoted in his later years as saying “I find myself blessed to be blessed in my career, and more importantly, with my family. I thank them for being who they are and being a part of my life… I’m grateful for what happened, what I have and who I am.”

Moore is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years and high school sweetheart Carmela, daughter Christine, son John and wife Laura, and grandchildren Anthony and Giovanna.

A private funeral mass was held this week for immediate family and a memorial service for colleagues and friends will be held in the spring.


Additional photos of Mr. Moore are available in this photo gallery. A full obituary is posted on Legacy.com.

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