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Elisabeth Helen Chambers Moore ’36

Elizabeth Chambers Moore ’36, October 17, 1999, after a long illness. After graduation, she attended the Yale University Graduate School of Nursing, received a certificate in engineering drawing from Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1943, and earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University, New York, in 1948. She was dean of women at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Her love of small children encouraged her to obtain a teaching certificate from Central Washington College of Education, and she then taught kindergarten in the Richland, Washington, education system. She was married in 1953, and separated from her husband in 1977. An ardent backpacker, hiker, kayaker, and skier, she became active in many conservation efforts. She helped found the Columbia River Conservation League, serving as its secretary and treasurer during its formative years. She worked to secure preservation of the Juniper Forest east of Pasco, Washington, and to establish the North Cascades National Park and the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. Survivors include a brother; two sisters, including Charlotte Chambers Prentice ’39; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2000

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