Little East Conference mourns the loss of
Commissioner Emeritus Dr. William M. Moore, who passed away on
Sunday, December 22 at the age of 87. Dr. Moore served as the first
independent commissioner of the Little East Conference between 2000
and 2008. Upon his retirement from the conference office, the
Little East Executive Committee announced his new appointment
as Commissioner Emeritus.
Commissioner Moore was inducted into the inaugrual Little East Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
Dr. Moore served as the chief administrative officer for the Little East, directing the league's 19 championship sports. Prior to his appointment at the Little East, Moore was the Commissioner of the Division II New England Collegiate Conference after a 10-year stint as the director of physical education, athletics and recreation at the University of Albany. He began his 57-year career in athletic administration at Central Connecticut State University, where Moore served as the director of athletics, health, and physical education for 21 years. He was also involved in numerous athletic committees, including the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and the NCAA Legislative Committee. Moore also held the position of president of the Eastern College Basketball Association from 1979-1981 and the president of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in 1985-86. In 1993, he was awarded the Josten's Distinguished Service Award.
TRIBUTE TO DR. WILLIAM M. MOORE
Bill Moore was simply one of the finest human beings I have ever
known and his passing leaves an enormous void for countless people
who loved and respected him. Bill embodied all that was good in
this world: he was kind, caring, genuine, honest, respectful,
generous of time, a leader, a listener, a throwback to a kinder and
gentler time in our society, a mentor and an icon - all wrapped in
a great love for the value and gifts brought by participation in
intercollegiate athletics. Bill accomplished more than most people
could ever dream of and he never ever discussed it; it was never
about him. I loved and respected Bill and greatly enjoyed sitting
down with him to enjoy a drink, relax and just listen. He made you
a better person simply by seeing how he carried himself and
interacted with others. Bill Moore has been one of the most
influential people in my life and he made me aspire to be better at
everything I do and to make a difference for others. The kindness
and lessons he provided to me are immeasurable and I will always
hold a special place in my heart for Bill. He was family to me and
I will miss him dearly.
-- Al Bean, University of Southern Maine Director of Athletics; Little East Commissioner (1995 - 2000)
I join with the Little East Conference family in mourning the loss of Commissioner Emeritus Dr. William Moore, a skilled administrator with a well deserved reputation as a consummate gentleman. We honor his dedication to student-athletes throughout his storied career and take comfort in knowing his legacy shall carry on through the innumerable lives he impacted and inspired.
-- Cora H. Brumley, Little East Commissioner
Dr. Bill Moore was a well-respected administrator that shaped the Little East Conference with his leadership and genuine class. Bill, along with Kitty by his side, provided a sense of warmth and kindness to whomever he interacted with. He will be dearly missed, but his words of wisdom and lessons will be celebrated in the memory of his life.
-- John P. Clark, Plymouth State University Director of Athletics
I only had the pleasure of meeting Bill, as he was retiring as Commissioner, but I feel very fortunate I had that opportunity. He really was a genuinely nice man and a true class act. He will be missed by many.
-- Ian Day, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics
I first met Bill Moore in the 1970s and served with him on ECAC
committees. He then became Chair of Physical Education and
Athletics at SUNY Albany, at that time a member of the SUNYAC
conference. Bill retired from Albany and became Commissioner of the
New England Conference, and later the Little East where we spent
time together when we attended meetings of the Commissioners
Association, as well as being with one another at NCAA and ECAC
conventions. We continued to share information during the growth of
both our conferences. Bill was a real gentleman, and respected by
all who came in contact with him. He was always available to share
his knowledge and experiences with colleagues and was an excellent
M.C. and speaker, with a particularly humorous delivery. We
continued our special friendship with Bill and Kitty following our
retirements, and a phone call from Bill was always enlightening and
a pleasure. He will be deeply missed.
-- Dr. Patrick Damore, SUNYAC Commissioner Emertus
Bill truly was one of the most respected and admired people that many of us ever knew. His legacy of integrity, honesty and warmth lives in us as a celebration of his life.
-- Bob Dowd, Former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics; Little East Commissioner (1990 - 1995)
Words cannot be used to beguile anyone's sense of loss in the passing of Bill Moore; the memories of a life well served; with Kitty at his side; and the respect and love of his friends and colleques will endure.
-- Ed Farrington, Western Connecticut State University Director of Athletics
As many of us were, I was very fortunate to count Bill Moore as
a mentor, a living example of how to gracefully enjoy life and a
career. His spirit lives on with the scores of administrators that
had the opportunity to work with Bill. If I was asked to describe
Bill in one word it would be ... class. He was always sincere and
had a genuine interest in everyone he came in contact with. His
quick wit and sense of humor was one-of-a-kind. A true legend in
athletic administration, Dr. Moore was an even bigger legend as a
-- Jonathan C. Harper, Little East Commissioner (2008 - 2013)
Bill was as sincere and genuine as anyone I have ever met. The world would be a much better place if we had more people like Bill. He will be sorely missed.
-- John Ratliff, Keene State College Director of Athletics
Over the years despite his urging I could never call Bill Moore
by his first-name, mostly because of the enormous respect I had for
him I always called him Dr. Moore or Commissioner. Dr. Moore was a
legend, and legendary, not just because of his more than 60 years
in athletics but because of an incredible life well-lived, one that
was always guided by the gold standard for excellence,
professionalism and integrity. He had that unique ability of
bringing people and groups together for a common good, he could
make you feel good about yourself, and he was darn right charming.
In the years we worked closely together, you were my teacher, I was
your student, but most of all I always knew you were my friend. God
speed Dr. Moore, you will be in my heart forever.
-- Donald E. Tencher, Rhode Island College Director of Athletics and Recreation
Bill Moore was a giant in intercollegiate athletics, as a coach,
then as an athletic director and finally as a well-respected
conference commissioner. He was a trail blazer, a mentor, a leader
and most importantly a true gentleman who was loved by all who knew
him. A very special man who will be missed but never
-- Charlie Titus, University of Massachusetts Boston Vice Chancellor for Athletics & Recreation, Special Projects & Programs