G. Moore, lawyer for Temple

George E. Moore
George E. Moore
Posted: March 06, 2014

George E. Moore, 67, of Northern Liberties, longtime legal counsel for Temple University, died Sunday, March 2, of cancer at his home.

Mr. Moore had been Temple's attorney since 1989 and secretary to the school's board of trustees since 1992. He was appointed senior vice president in 2007.

Mr. Moore oversaw all of the legal affairs of the university and its subsidiaries. He advised officials on corporate governance, policy development, employment, and labor issues.

"Simply put, George's dedication to Temple was without equal. During his university career, George provided wise counsel to four presidents and dozens of trustees on the vital issues facing the university," the school said in a statement from Neil D. Theobald, president, and Patrick J. O'Connor, chair of the board.

In addition to his duties as counsel, he was an adjunct instructor in what is now Temple's James E. Beasley School of Law from 1990 to 2007, and a director of the Temple Law Foundation.

Mr. Moore had a passion for Temple sports, particularly football and basketball. Over the years, he became a friend to players and coaches.

"At basketball games, his voice could be heard throughout the arena as he expressed his opinions on the action," his family said in a tribute.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Moore spent 13 years in private practice with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll L.L.P. He was hired right after law school and was made partner in 1984.

After Temple wooed him away in 1989, he kept in touch with John Langel, his Ballard partner and friend. Langel described Mr. Moore as smart, flexible, a good writer, and demanding of himself and others.

Despite the pressures of his work, Langel said, Mr. Moore never took himself too seriously.

"He loved people, all sorts of people - CEOs and boardroom types, but also the people who built the buildings at Temple," Langel said.

His family said Mr. Moore loved serving cheese sausages to those who attended his legendary tailgate parties at every Temple home game. He also enjoyed golf and discovering new bands.

Born in Punxsutawney, Pa., Mr. Moore earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1968 and a law degree from Temple's School of Law in 1976.

Mr. Moore lived in Narberth for many years before moving to Northern Liberties in 2013.

Surviving are his wife, the former Jennifer Kellett; sons Sam and Nick; daughters Emily and Jenna; three sisters; a brother; and three nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St. Burial is private.

Donations may be made to Temple University via www.temple.edu/.



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