Obituary: Bruce Victor Moore (1891–1977)

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Bruce Victor Moore was the first person to receive the PhD in industrial psychology in America. It was awarded to him in 1921 by the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon University. Moore was born in Kokomo, Indiana, on September 9, 1891. Prior to his work at Carnegie Tech, he received an AB and an MA in psychology from Indiana University, taught high school for two years, and started further graduate work at Columbia University. This was interrupted by World War I. He was one of the first enlisted men in the U.S. Army's Division of Psychology, where he was assigned as a psychologist at Walter Reed Hospital. Following the war he went on to Carnegie Tech, which quickly became a center for industrial psychology. In 1920, while completing his graduate work, Moore was made assistant professor of psychology at the Pennsylvania State College (now University). By 1928 he had attained the rank of professor and had been appointed head of the Psychology Department. He served very efficiently as an administrator until his first retirement in 1952. Following his retirement from Penn State in 1952, Moore joined the central office staff of the American Psychological Association, where he served for seven years as the Executive Officer for the Education and Training Board. His excellent work there was a measure of his outstanding administrative talents. Next he was invited to be a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Miami, specifically to assist in the development of the graduate program. He remained at Miami for three years, 1959-1962; during the final year he served as department head. His last 15 years were spent in State College, Pennsylvania, where he died on November 14, 1977. Moore was moderately tall, slight of build, quiet in manner, persistent in his motivation, steadfast in meeting his responsibilities, and universally respected. His two marriages were very successful and brought him security and happiness. The first, to Elsie Kohler in 1924, terminated in her death in 1967 and gave him one daughter, Mary Ellen Moore Kinnaird. The second was in 1969 to Winona Morgan, a fellow child psychologist who still resides in State College. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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