William "Bill" Joseph Moore, a dean at San Bernardino Valley College, vice president at University of Redlands and president of Crafton Hills College died Dec. 13 at 80.

He was a strong person, and developed a strong political science program at Valley College, according to his brother-in-law Kent Hayden.

Robert Rippy, who would one day become a dean at Valley, was hired by Moore. He always referred to Moore as a mentor.

"That's the kind of reaction people who worked around him had, a teacher and a scholar," Hayden said.

Moore moved to Redlands in 1942 and lived here until 1981. His parents had a little house on Michigan Street.

He attended Redlands High School, where he was student body president, and graduated from the University of Redlands (cum laude in history) in 1954. He was also student body president there.

In high school and college Moore ran track and was a hurdler.

He was also a disc jockey, which is how he met Peggy J. Perkins, of San Bernardino. They married in 1952.

In 1955 and 1956 they lived in Hong Kong while Moore did research for his doctorate in Asian Studies, supported by a Rotary Foundation Fellowship for foreign study.

He received a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School, an exchange program, in 1962.

Moore taught and was an administrator at San Bernardino Valley College from 1954 to 1974.

He was at the University of Redlands as vice president and provost from 1974 to 1976.

He served as president of Crafton Hills College from 1976 to 1981.

Then he was Chabot College president from 1981 to 1985, and finally became president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities from 1985 until his retirement in 1991.

He maintained a close connection with the UofR throughout his career, serving on its Board of Trustees from 1976 to 1996, while he also served on several other governing boards and advisory groups in higher education.

"Moore was a big fisherman. He wants some of his ashes in Swan River in Montana, and some in the Madison River, where he did a lot of fly fishing, around West Yellowstone," Hayden said.

In his later years he became increasingly interested in wood carving and astrophysics.

Bill Moore is survived by his wife Peggy of Kalispell, Mont; their three children, Christopher of Napa, Kevin of North Carolina, and Lisa of Marin County; five grandchildren; and his brother Robert of the East Bay Area.

The couple lived half the year in West Yellowstone. Mont. This summer a memorial with old friends is planned.


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