Giving to the School of Dentistry
David L. Moore Faculty Development Fund Established
This has been a year of transition for the UMKC School of Dentistry. There are some things, however, that do not change, and one of those things is the reverence that students, alumni, faculty, and staff hold for the many years of dedicated service of Professor David L. Moore.
Reproduced below are the remarks made at last spring’s recognition breakfast by Dr. Michael J. Reed, then dean of our school:
“It is, I believe, significant that Dr. David L. Moore is a charter member of the Golden Spade Club of the UMKC School of Dentistry. A spade is a tool used to begin a construction project, but Dr. Moore has distinguished himself as more than a builder of buildings. He has been a builder of an educational tradition at our school. A graduate of the class of 1955, Dr. Moore soon discovered his passion for teaching and joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry in 1958. Recently he was asked how he wanted to be remembered. He replied “as a teacher.” For 50 years he has taught and mentored our students. Alumni have told us they remember him as a good teacher, but even more as someone who taught them how to live. I have tried to do the math to calculate the number of people whose lives have been touched by this man. One could easily say the answer is 5,000 – the approximate number of students who have passed through our doors in the past 50 years. But the number is really much more than that. Each of these students has family members and associates who have been influenced or supported by the skills and values taught at our school by our faculty, and especially by Dr. David Moore. This could easily add 20,000 to the number of persons whose lives have been touched by this man. But let’s not stop there. What about the patients of those 5,000 students who were taught by Dr. Moore? Calculating that an average patient load per dentist is about 1500 to 2000, the number reaches into the millions.
The spade which Dr. David Moore has wielded during his career has cultivated the soil of education at our school and the lives of many. He has told us that this is his last year of service in our classrooms, laboratories, and clinics. At the same time we are saddened to see him leave, we also want to keep his values alive at the school. To that end, I am pleased to announce the establishment of the David L. Moore Faculty Development Endowed Fund. All alumni will soon be invited to contribute to this fund in honor of this man who has made a difference in their lives. As is the case with endowments, this fund will live in perpetuity, and its earnings will be used to encourage and support good teaching at our school. Future generations of students and their families and patients will reap the rewards. In this way, the number of lives influenced by Dr. Moore may well approach infinity. This, we believe is a fitting tribute to a man who has cultivated our soil so well.”
The “invitation to contribute” was mailed last summer. If you would like to receive another copy, please contact: