C Moore Science Day to celebrate 100 anniversary of Cyril Moore’s birth

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University will celebrate and honor the 100th anniversary of Cyril Moore’s birthday with a C Moore Science Day Saturday, April 28, at the Cyril Moore Science Center.

Moore was an associate professor of chemistry at Minot State from 1943- 1962 and was the chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics from 1959-1962. Moore passed away in 1964 and Minot State named its science building after the long-time educator in 1976.

“We are pleased to be able to honor Cyril Moore on the 100th anniversary of his birth,” said current MSU Division of Science chair Bob Crackel. “We look forward to having a day to celebrate the individual who the building is named after with an afternoon of science demonstrations and presentations.”

The event is scheduled to run from 2 to 5 p.m. with an open house at the Cyril Moore Science Center. Tours of the building with current Minot State faculty and students are scheduled to fun from 2 to 3:30 p.m. MSU professor Chris Heth will give a presentation about Moore at 3:30 p.m., and various science demonstrations will run from 4 to 5 p.m. The presentations will take place in Hoffman Auditorium.

Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.

Moore graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1935 and earned degrees at St. John’s University (Minn.) and North Dakota State. He also spent time as a student at the University of Wyoming, Montana State College, and the Institute of Nuclear Studies at Oak Ridge, Tenn.

He started his teaching career at his alma mater Wahpeton High School (1939-42). He taught for one year at Wahpeton State School of Science before coming to Minot State. After three years of teaching physics at MSU (then Minot State Teachers College), he was employed as a chemical researcher for Sherwin William Paint Co. in Chicago.

In 1948, he returned teaching at NDSU and then returned to Minot State to serve as an associate professor and department’s chair. In 1963, Moore taught one year at Moorhead State College.

Moore’s influence in the science center that now bears his name is more than just superficial. He had considered becoming an architect during his studies, and, while he did not pursue the profession, he used that knowledge to help in the design of the building – including to add a third floor in the future.   

“What an honor it is to have him remembered 54 years after his death,” said his eldest daughter Margaret Moore. “As one of his children, I am certain my image of him is inflated. Yet there is strong evidence that others knew he was a very special being, too.”

For more information on the event, contact Crackel at robert.crackel@minotstateu.edu.

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Published: 04/12/18   

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