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Betty Moore, longtime UC Riverside community member, has died


Betty Moore, longtime UC Riverside community member, died on June 1st, aged 96

Moore was the first female president of the UC Riverside Chapter of Sigma Xi and helped found the Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens

(June 16, 2011)

The late Betty Moore was a longtime member of the UC Riverside community.  Photo credit: M.J. Elderman.  (Another photo below.)Enlarge

The late Betty Moore was a longtime member of the UC Riverside community. Photo credit: M.J. Elderman. (Another photo below.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Betty Clark Moore, a member of the University of California, Riverside community since 1969, died on June 1, 2011. She was 96.

During the 1975-76 academic year, Moore served as vice-president and program chair of the UC Riverside Chapter of Sigma Xi, the scientific honorary society. She was the first female president of the chapter.

Moore also helped found the Friends of UCR Botanic Gardens and served on its board as secretary, vice president, and president. She was made an Honorary Life Member of the Friends in 1995. The Botanic Gardens released autumn sage ‘Betty Moore’ in her honor.

Born Anna Elizabeth Clark on January 1, 1915, in Dedham, Mass., Moore graduated cum laude from Harvard/Radcliffe in 1936. She completed her master’s degree in zoology from Columbia University in 1937.

At Columbia, she co-authored a paper with fellow graduate student John A. Moore. They were married in June 1938.

Moore’s research focused on very early egg development, particularly what role the cytoplasm of the egg played in contrast to the nucleus, which contained the hereditary material. She worked with two species of frogs, making normal and hybrid crosses, as well as manipulating parental genetic material. She received her doctoral degree from Columbia in 1949.

Moore joined UCR’s Department of Biology in 1969 as an independent research associate when her husband accepted a professorship in the department. At UCR she continued her work on frog chromosomes and also worked on the fruit fly Drosophila.

She was a key member of a research team that examined giant salivary gland chromosomes of the larval offspring of fruit flies. It was with these giant chromosomes that scientists first localized genes on chromosomes, finding that genes had a linear arrangement.

A celebration of Moore’s life will be held in the UCR Botanic Gardens on July 11, 2011, at 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the UC Riverside Foundation for the John and Betty Moore Endowed Fund.
Photo shows Betty Moore (right) speaking with Tim D. White after his 2010 talk inaugurating the John and Betty Moore “Science as a Way of Knowing” Lecture Series. Betty Moore funded the lecture series in UCR’s Department of Biology, from which White graduated in 1972.  A professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley and director of the Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, White is the discoverer of “Ardi,” the oldest known hominid, whose introduction to the world in the October 2, 2009, issue of Science revolutionized the study of human origins.  Photo credit: M.J. Elderman.Enlarge

Photo shows Betty Moore (right) speaking with Tim D. White after his 2010 talk inaugurating the John and Betty Moore “Science as a Way of Knowing” Lecture Series. Betty Moore funded the lecture series in UCR’s Department of Biology, from which White graduated in 1972. A professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley and director of the Laboratory for Human Evolutionary Studies, White is the discoverer of “Ardi,” the oldest known hominid, whose introduction to the world in the October 2, 2009, issue of Science revolutionized the study of human origins. Photo credit: M.J. Elderman.

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