Jack Moore dies

Jack Moore passed early Sunday morning on February 26th, 2017.

He was a former owner/principle of the firm.

Here is a news article that appeared in the Gainesville Sun on Monday February 27th.

Jack Moore, architect of original Reitz Union and O’Dome, dies

Moore’s firm’s projects included Gainesville, Santa Fe High School, Buchholz and Eastside high schools and much more.

By Mickie Anderson
Jack Moore, a prolific architect who designed many of Gainesville’s iconic buildings, including many public schools, the O’Connell Center, the original J. Wayne Reitz Union and many more, died Sunday at age 97.

At the time he became an architect in 1947, Moore was one of the nation’s youngest architects. When he retired in 1986, he was one of the oldest.

Moore’s firm’s projects included Gainesville, Santa Fe, Buchholz and Eastside High schools; P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and 16 elementary schools, and many others outside of Gainesville. On the University of Florida campus, besides the O’Connell Center and Reitz Union, Moore’s work included the School of Forestry and Natural Resources. One of his first major public projects was the old Florida Gymnasium.

He designed banks, churches, the old Alachua General Hospital and The Village retirement community near Santa Fe College. Beyond Alachua County’s borders, he designed military buildings at Cecil Field’s Jacksonville Naval Air Station, the Panama City naval base and Eglin Air Force base.

“He was a good businessman — honest and smart, and just an ethical kind of person,” said Billy Brame, a longtime business partner.

Brame said in short, Moore tried to create buildings with timeless appeal that met his clients’ needs.

Born in Jacksonville, Moore grew up in Lake City and went to the University of Florida to study architecture, graduating with honors, and later earned an MBA at Florida Atlantic University.

In 1942, upon his UF graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served until 1945, an ensign on the USS Pierce, part of five major landings in Hawaii and Japan.

In 1950, he became a partner in the firm of Goin and Moore, which later became Moore May Graham Brame Poole Architects, and later still, Brame Heck Architects, which recently celebrated the firm’s 100th anniversary.

Brame, who kept close contact with Moore after his retirement, said Moore was a close friend and father figure. When he was working, Brame said Moore used to leave his car at the office on Friday afternoons and spend his weekends walking where he needed to go.

Until recently, Moore enjoyed fine health and spent 15 years as a steadfast member of the morning walkers group at the Oaks Mall, where he made lots of friends. He had a long-running weekly game of dominos with friends, Brame said.

Moore’s first wife, his high school sweetheart, Edith Schenck Moore, died in 1997 after the couple had been married 54 years. He remarried in 1998, and Ina Taylor Hartman died in 2009.

Moore was a strong supporter of UF’s College of Design, Construction and Planning, a fine arts enthusiast, taking up watercolor painting after his retirement, and a deacon at First Baptist Church since 1952.

He helped organize Gainesville’s Kiwanis Club, and had perfect attendance for 51 years. Moore was a hunter and fisherman and since 1947, a charter member of the Hawthorne-Gainesville hunt camp in the Ocala National Forest.

Moore is survived by daughter Joyce Kai and son-in-law Michael Kai; granddaughters Eleanor Kwong and Rachel Walker; four great-grandchildren, a half-sister and several adult stepchildren from his second marriage.

Services have not been set, Brame said.

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