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Alan and Elizabeth Moore benefited from scholarships;
now he’s created two at Carolina
Alan C. Moore taught and coached at the
University of Florida from 1953 to 1990, but his
heart still beats Carolina blue.
Carolina was Moore’s first Division I love.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from
Springfield College in Massachusetts, he entered
the School of Education on the G.I. Bill, earned
his M.Ed., coached the soccer and lacrosse teams
from 1950 to 1953 and met the love of his life, his
wife Elizabeth — now deceased.
“Elizabeth and I were both helped by the G.I.
Bill, and we both received scholarships,” he said. “I
had two or three when I went to prep school. She
had one at Elon (University), where she earned
her undergraduate degree. It was ingrained in both
families that you should pass along to others what
In that spirit, Moore created two charitable gift
annuities benefiting the Alan C. Moore Scholarship
Fund in the School of Education and the Elizabeth
Reaves Martin Moore Scholarship Fund in the
Gillings School of Global Public Health— where his
wife received her graduate degree. During his lifetime, the annuities provide income to Moore. After
his death, the annuities will revert to each school’s
foundation to endow the scholarships in perpetuity.
Moore prefers that his gifts to the School of
Education be used to support students pursuing
master’s degrees and those who are interested in
coaching. He also suggested that the beneficiaries
of his scholarship pay it forward by contributing to
the Alan C. Moore Scholarship Fund or creating
another fund in the School of Education.
“I had a stepping stone,” he said.“I hope people
will know that this is their stepping stone and they
should throw another one in the water to help the
person who’s coming along after them.”
Moore credits his successful career to his M.Ed.
and a former professor, Jay Minor Gwynn—the
man who taught him how to be a teacher.
“I didn’t have a bad instructor at Carolina,”
Moore said, “but Gwynn was my guiding light. I
liked his approach to teaching—the way he handled the class. I picked up a lot of skills from him.”
“When you’re a teacher,” Moore concluded,
“you never know how you’re going to reach
people. You just never know.”
If you’re interested in creating
your Carolina legacy,
please contact Candace Clark,
associate director of
919-962-3967 or 800-994-8803,