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Norman Hallam Moore, Trustee

Norman Hallam Moore, emeritus trustee and honorary alumnus, died May 1, 2009, in San Carlos, California. Norman was an entrepreneur and investor, whose admiration for Reed began while earning an AB at Oberlin College. He received a PhD from MIT, was a physicist in the MIT Radiation Lab, and then did research for Dalmo Victor, a company that manufactured airborne radar equipment during World War II. He taught electrical engineering at Stanford before joining ElectroDynamic Corporation, a microwave tube manufacturer in San Carlos that merged with Litton Industries in 1953. Norman was chief engineer for nine years and founded the microwave oven division; he left the company in 1967. Litton Industries associate Roy Woenne—father of James R. Woenne ’64—encouraged Norman to consider a position on Reed's board of trustees, and Norman's interest in the college was furthered by his professional association with C. Howard Vollum ’36; both worked in cathode-ray tube technology. Norman's service on the board of trustees, 1958–71, included tenure as chair, 1963–68. He was awarded an LHD from Reed in 1972. In providing details for this memorial, Norman's widow, Jean T. Moore, noted that he had supported a variety of innovative industries and products during his lifetime, including alternate fuels, wood products, intelligent programmable terminals, industrial microwave equipment, education products, diving equipment, electrostatic printing, air taxi, and television tube assembly. Prior to retirement, Norman was president of U.S. Windpower, which initiated the first U.S. wind turbine farm in New Hampshire. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and Latin American Science Board, and also owner of Moore Galleries in San Francisco. Norman and Jean had two sons and two daughters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2009

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