John A. Moore
PhD (Liverpool), Professor of Physics (1967-1993)
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1991: Brock@25 with a former student
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The Department of Physics mourns the loss of one of its own, Dr. John A. Moore, a Professor Emeritus since 1993.
Dr. Moore joined the Physics Department at Brock in 1967 and until his
retirement in 1993 was one of its experimental physicists. As an instructor, he
was one of the creators of the Physics curriculum at Brock, introducing such
foundational courses as PHYS 350: Quantum Mechanics and PHYS 360:
Modern Physics in 1967/68. He served as a Chair of Physics in 1973-76 and in 1990-93.
He was responsible for the design and operation of a number of experimental
labs in the Department, and his nuclear physics and electronics expertise
left a lasting legacy. His infectious smile remains with all those who knew him.
He was a gentle and generous man, an excellent colleague in the Physics Department.
He and his wife Laura were great friends to many members of the Department over the years.
He will be sadly missed.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Moore on December
9, 2020 at the age of 87 with his family by his side. Loving father to Chris
(Corinne) of Vancouver and Elizabeth (Scott) of Port Robinson. Predeceased by
his beloved wife Laura (2012) and eldest son Stephen (2005). Cherished
grandfather of Robert, Jack, Robyn and Audrey. He will be sadly missed by his
sisters and many nieces and nephews in the UK and Australia. In 1952 John met
the love of his life Laura in Liverpool where they both attended University.
Mom was studying physiotherapy and Dad was studying physics. They married in
1956 and two years later Dad graduated with a PhD in Nuclear Physics at age of
25. In the following years, they lived in Reading England, Long Island USA,
Deep River Ontario and Saskatoon Saskatchewan where Dad enjoyed his career as a
researcher. In 1967 the family relocated to St. Catharines where he was a
professor at Brock University from the years 1967 until his retirement in 1993.
In the subsequent years Dad enjoyed his wood carving, travelling with Laura and
his role as a Grandfather. Dad's life was always led by his curiosity of the
natural world, believing that birth, life and death are the natural cycle of
everything. What happens after death is shrouded in mystery, and will always
remain so. We love you Dad and will miss you always. The family would like to
extend their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home for
the tremendous care and compassion Dad received while there. We will always be
grateful. In keeping with Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place. A
celebration of John's life will take place at a later date in the UK with all
his family. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to Parkinson
Canada. Online condolences may be shared at
From: John A. Moore's obituary, as published in The Standard.
See also: Brock community mourns loss of longtime Physics professor, a Brock News article.