Jane Barton Moore, Ph.D., who served the College of Education for 27 years as a professor in the School of Kinesiology, passed away this week. We wanted to remember Jane by looking back five years ago to when she was presented with the Auburn Alumni Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. The college hosted a reception for Jane the night before the event. Jane’s close friend Betty Lou Whitford, former dean of the college, welcomed her with warm words. In appreciation for Jane Moore, we present those words now, and wish her family and friends all good memories.
Jane Moore Introduction for Lifetime Achievement Award
by College of Education Dean Betty Lou Whitford | March 11, 2016
There are three major criteria for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Dr. Jane Moore seamlessly combines all three of these in her life of selfless service: professional distinction, service to Auburn, and service to others.
In terms of scholarship and professional distinction, Dr. Moore was for 27 years a bedrock in the College of Education’s Department of Health and Human Performance, which is now the nationally-recognized School of Kinesiology. She achieved the rank of full professor and made many important scholarly contributions to advance understanding of both how children move, and how they learn to move. So Dr. Moore was a pioneering researcher in what we now call biomechanics, which has become a major research and grant emphasis in our School of Kinesiology.
That in itself would be considered great professional distinction, but Dr. Moore combined that active scholarship with scholarly outreach and teaching. She personally impacted thousands of area children in her tenure as a professor by conducting a motor development program for children experiencing developmental delays. As she did this she inspired generations of students who worked with her on this and other outreach projects to become knowledgeable, passionate, and excellent teachers. In this way she had a profound impact not only on our university, but on our community.
In terms of service to Auburn beyond her scholarly activities, Dr. Moore is perhaps the single most influential woman in the history of Auburn athletics. Not only was she the first woman to serve on Auburn’s Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics – a position which she held with distinction for more than 20 years – she is also the first woman to have an athletic facility named in her honor. Across the nation in 2015, as Auburn’s softball team was the hottest topic in the sport, the words “Jane B. Moore Field” were repeated hundreds of times by commentators and announcers. These are obvious accomplishments in the world of athletics, but they overlook the quiet, steady friendship and support she provided to countless members of Auburn’s administrative and athletics leadership team over the years. A wise counselor and confidant in times of turmoil and triumph, Dr. Moore was also a friend and supporter of thousands of athletes from every corner of Auburn’s intercollegiate athletics family.
In terms of service to others, there is virtually no end to what she has given and continues to give back to our community. In her retirement she has been a great friend to the College of Education, establishing a scholarship in honor of her mother and supporting us in numerous other ways with both her presence and her purse. And this philanthropic and engaged service extends to many other areas of the university beyond the College of Education. She has served Auburn as part of Tigers Unlimited, the Athletics Department Strategic Advisory Committee, and the Women’s Resource Center. Every Wednesday she volunteers at the Food Bank of East Alabama, and has served First Baptist Church of Auburn as a Trustee. She has provided leadership in many capacities at East Alabama Medical Center, and served organizations as diverse as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County to the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Time and space limit a full recitation of her community involvement.
More than almost anyone else I know, Jane Moore lives out that ancient truth that it is better to give than to receive.
But what thousands of friends and admirers of Jane Moore will remember about her lifetime achievements, even more than her vital contributions to any number of Auburn institutions, is her life-affirming spirit. Jane Moore has no prejudices. Jane Moore embraces friendship and community. Jane Moore seeks to build up rather than tear down. She has a smile on her face, love in her heart, and a spirit that is not afraid. More than almost anyone else I know, Jane Moore lives out that ancient truth that it is better to give than to receive.