William Moorefield

[ Age 85 ] Physics professor at Towson U.

October 29, 2006

William T. Moorefield, a former physics professor at Towson University, died Oct. 21 of congestive heart failure at his home in Towson. He was 85.

Mr. Moorefield, who grew up in Hampden, was fascinated by science from an early age. He met his wife, the former Helen Klinke, at a summer science course at Druid Hill Park when they were teenagers.

"He was a big tease," she said. "He was supposed to show us how to use the insect nets to catch butterflies, but instead he would catch bees and show them to the girls and make them scream."

After graduating from City College High School in 1938, he worked as a lab assistant at Johns Hopkins Medical School and at U.S. Industrial Alcohol Co. while taking night classes at the Johns Hopkins University.

From 1943 to 1946, he served in the Army Air Forces. He married his wife while on leave in 1945.

After completing his military service, he graduated with a bachelor's degree from Hopkins and taught at three city schools before joining the staff of the physics department at Towson University, his wife said. He taught physics to nonscience majors for 28 years before retiring. He also earned a master's degree from Loyola College.

He was always teaching, his wife said. When their family joined neighbors for yearly camping trips, he would name the stars at night and tell stories about the constellations.

In the late 1950s, he served as assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 742 at Providence United Methodist Church. He was a volunteer firefighter with the Providence Volunteer Fire Company. In retirement, he volunteered as a tax counselor at the Parkville Senior Center.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at Towson Unitarian-Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert Moorefield of Towson, and a daughter, Carol Moorefield of Windsor Mill.

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