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Maxine Manning Moore ’42

Maxine Manning Moore ’42, August 11, 1998, in Houston, Texas. After graduating from Reed, Maxine married Robert P. Moore ’45 and began working for the Multnomah County Welfare Department. The couple moved to Minneapolis in 1943, and she took a job with the Hennepin County Welfare department. In 1951, they moved to Houston, Texas, when Robert took a post at St. John’s School, and she obtained a position as a social worker. In 1969, the couple founded the Chinquapin School, a nonprofit, college preparatory boarding school for low income inner-city students. She served as guidance counselor, teacher, and administrative assistant, and said Robert, she was "the heart of the school." They both retired in 1983. Maxine began using her skills as a crossword puzzle enthusiast to create her own puzzles, and eventually sold an average of 10 puzzles per month to a nationally distributed puzzle magazine. In 1993, she and her husband coauthored Up From the Roots, Growing a Vocabulary, a guide to the structure and origins of the English language that grew out of their work at the Chinquapin School. They also coauthored The NTC Dictionary of Latin and Greek Origins, published in 1997. Survivors include Robert; three sons, and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1999

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