Charles Allen Moore, a retired Baltimore County public schools educator and a boater, died of cancer May 17 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. He was 76.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Fullerton, Mr. Moore was a 1947 graduate of Kenwood High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1951 from what is now Towson University. He subsequently earned a master's in education from the University of Maryland, College Park and attended an advanced math program at Rutgers University.
Shortly after beginning his teaching career in 1951 at Sparrows Point Elementary School, he was drafted into the Army and sent to Fort Eustis, Va., where he taught math until being discharged in 1953.
He resumed teaching at what was then Kenwood Junior-Senior High School and was later assigned to Middle River Junior High. When what is now Deep Creek Middle School opened in 1963, Mr. Moore was named assistant principal.
In 1976, he transferred to Overlea High School as principal, and four years later to Perry Hall Junior High, where as principal he directed its transition to becoming a middle school.
He retired in 1984.
"His philosophy was, `Teach the child first - the subject second,'" said his wife of 54 years, the former Betty Hardy, a homemaker.
An avid powerboater, Mr. Moore enjoyed sailing the Chesapeake Bay with his wife aboard Drifter, their 28-foot cabin cruiser. He was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, and since 1966 the Bush River Yacht Club, where he held positions as secretary and editor of the newsletter.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. June 2 at American Legion Post 39, 500 Hickory Ave., Bel Air.
Also surviving are a son, Charles C. Moore of Fallston; two daughters, Mary E. Moore of Jarrettsville and Ann L.. Schultz of Joppa; a brother, Thomas Milton Moore of Baltimore; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.