Powell Allen Moore
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Powell Allen Moore
Powell Allen Moore, born Jan. 5, 1938, a native of Milledgeville died Monday, August 13 at the age of 80. He was a statesman, veteran, and witness to and participant in history, loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many. During his lifetime Mr. Moore served in senior positions for two U.S. senators and four U.S. presidents.
Mr. Moore began his service to the country in 1959 as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army assigned to Germany. He served as press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia from 1966 until the senator's death in 1971. He later served as chief of staff to Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee from 1998 until 2001.
He began his service in the executive branch as deputy director of public information for the Department of Justice from 1971 to 1972. Mr. Moore was a senior legislative aide in the White House for Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. He was the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs under President Reagan and assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs under President George W. Bush. He is, perhaps, the only person to have led congressional liaison efforts at both the Departments of State and Defense. Mr. Moore concluded his public service as representative of the U.S. secretary of defense to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria.
Throughout his career, Powell Moore played a leading role during some of our nation's most critical moments, including the rise of the Berlin Wall in Germany, the end of the Cold War at President Reagan's State Department, Watergate, the confirmation of Sandra Day O'Connor as the first female Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon and the War on Terror.
Presidents, cabinet secretaries, and senators sought Mr. Moore's advice and counsel. They trusted his steady hand and unflappable approach to any crisis. He was deeply respected by leaders of both parties as an honest broker. One contemporary commented, "no one accomplished so much in this town without making a single enemy." He was awarded the Defense Department's Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 2005.
Mr. Moore's contribution to the country is only rivaled by the investment he made in others. His patient mentorship and generous friendship will be treasured and deeply missed. The gratitude of those who he helped along the way can only be expressed by living up to the very high standard of service he embodied.
To his many family members he was a person who could be counted on to support, advise and champion their ideas as they negotiated their lives.
Mr. Moore is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia Military College. He is a trustee emeritus for the Richard B. Russell Foundation and the Georgia Military College Foundation. He is a member of the board of visitors of the James Cox Jr. Center for Journalism at the University of Georgia. Mr. Moore was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and the Society of the Cincinnati. He was a past president of the Association of Former Senate Aides and the U.S. Senate Press Secretaries Association. He belonged to the Metropolitan Club of Washington, the 116 Club, and the Belle Haven Country Club of Alexandria. He was predeceased by his mother and father, Sarah Allen Moore and Jere N. Moore of Milledgeville and his brother, Jere N. Moore, Jr. of Tallahasee, Florida.
Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Pamla Hill Moore of Washington; his daughter, Frances Moore Preston of Franklin, Tennessee; his son, Powell Allen Moore, Jr. of Fairfax, Virginia; five grandsons, Andrew Preston and his wife Sarah Preston of Franklin, Tennessee, William Preston of Wilmington, North Carolina and Mark Preston of Franklin, Tennessee, Jacob Moore and Zachary Moore of Fairfax, Virginia, two sisters, Sallie Moore Peebles of Atlanta and Edwina Moore Simpson of Dearborn, Michigan; a son-in-law, Bradley Preston of Franklin, Tennessee and a daughter-in-law, Jenny Getter Moore of Fairfax, Virginia, a stepson, Tyler Prochnow of Kansas City, Missouri; a stepdaughter, Courtney Prochnow of Winchester, Virginia; a step grandson, Connor Prochnow of New York City and a step granddaughter, Sophia Prochnow, of Kansas City and a step daughter-in-law, Ann Tierney Prochnow of Kansas City.
His funeral will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. with Father David Probst officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Cemetery. A Service of Thanksgiving for Powell Allen Moore will take place at Christ Church Georgetown, Washington, DC on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Moore Rotunda Fund of the Georgia Military College Foundation, 201 E. Greene St., Milledgeville, GA 31061