Robert C. Moore
Studied cancer drugs
Robert Conley Moore, a pharmacist at the National Cancer Institute who also worked on Medicare's catastrophic-coverage plan, died unexpectedly of a heart attack July 31 at his home in Laurel. He was 49.
A memorial service for Dr. Moore was held Aug. 2 in Laurel, where he had lived since 1979.
Born in Rock Hill, S.C., he graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in chemistry and obtained a degree in pharmacy from the University of Georgia and his doctorate in pharmacy at the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Moore was studying drugs for cancer treatment programs at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
In the 1970s, he was an assistant professor of pharmacy care administration at universities in Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. He was a senior clinical researcher for Abbott Laboratories Inc. in Chicago from 1977 through 1978.
In 1979, he became branch chief and program analyst at the Health Care Financing Administration in Baltimore, working on its cost program for drugs. From 1981 to 1988, he was director of both the practitioner reporting system and the chemical safety programs of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention Inc. in Rockville, which publishes the standards for drugs.
In 1989 and 1990, Dr. Moore returned to HCFA to work on implementing the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988, which was repealed.
In addition to his professional activities in health care, teaching and research, Dr. Moore was an avid "ham" radio operator. "Bob" -- also known by call sign N3CKD -- held various offices in the Laurel Amateur Radio Club and was a past president of the Foundation for Amateur Radio.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Laurel.
He served on the board of directors of the Settlers' Landing Homeowners Association and chaired several of its committees. As a Mason, he belonged to the Temple of Yaarab in Atlanta, and he was a supporter of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children.
Dr. Moore is survived by his wife, the former Elizabeth Clark; their 5-year-old son, John Robert Moore; his mother, Nellie Guy Moore; and a brother, Steve Moore, both of Dunnellon, Fla.
Dr. Joseph Blair II
Services for Dr. Joseph Reese Blair II, a retired medical official at Edgewood Arsenal who later worked for the Environmental Protection Agency, were held Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Troy, N.C.
Dr. Blair died of cancer last Saturday at Montgomery Memorial Hospital. He was 77.
The Troy, N.C., native attended Massanutten Military Academy in Woodstock, Va. He received his bachelor of science degree from Duke University in 1935 and his master of science degree in physiology from Vanderbilt University in 1937.
He was awarded a research assistantship for graduate study in physiology and pharmacology at Cambridge University, where he received both bachelor and master of arts degrees.
In 1942, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps Reserve and assigned to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to complete his medical training. He received his medical degree in 1945.
Dr. Blair served as an instructor of military medical science and a research assistant in physiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., from 1952 to 1955.
In 1956, he served as commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research Laboratory at Fort Knox, Ky.
In the course of his military career, Colonel Blair served as a medical officer to the Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.
He spent the last eleven years of his army career as the director of the Biomedical Laboratory at Edgewood Arsenal.
After 31 years, Dr. Blair retired from the military. He continued his professional career with the Environmental Protection Agency in Germantown, retiring from there in 1982. He returned to spend his time in Troy.
He was active in the Troy Rotary Club and was honored by being chosen as a Paul Harris Fellow. A lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Troy, he also taught Sunday school classes and was active in its congregation ministry.
Dr. Blair was known for his philanthropic giving of land for projects such as the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Montgomery County College, Blair Park, and St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church.
He is survived by his wife, Dr. Claudia Blair; four daughters, Claudia B. Bluthuis of Hinsdale, Ill., Dr. Karen Blair of Towson, JoAnn Blair-Adams of Troy, N.C., and Mary Blair of Arlington, Va.; a son, Joseph Reese Blair III of Raleigh, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
Contributions can be made to the Montgomery Memorial Hospital Building Fund, Troy, N.C. 27371.
Wilmore C. Emerson
Services for Wilmore Carter Emerson, a retired railroad engineer, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Ruck-Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.