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John Rees Moore ’40

John Rees Moore ’40, August 3, 2013, in Roanoke, Virginia. John earned a BA from Reed and an MA from Harvard in English, after which he enlisted in the army and served with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in England. Following World War II, he taught at several universities before resuming his studies and earning a PhD in English from Columbia University. He joined the English department at Hollins College in Roanoke, where he taught for 28 years. John published essays, book reviews, and his own poetry in a number of publications, including the Sewanee Review. He also was editor of the Holins Critic, a literary journal. His special interest was in Irish literature. On a Danforth Grant, he attended the first (W.B.) Yeats International Summer School in 1960 in Sligo, Ireland, and spent a year on sabbatical in Ireland, working on a book on Yeats’ drama Masks of Love and Death, which was published in 1971. He was president of the American Committee for Irish Studies and also traveled for academic presentations and study in Lebanon and Greece. John was preceded in death by Elizabeth L. Drawbaugh Moore, to whom he was married for 56 years, and is survived by his son, daughter, and sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2014

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