George W. Moore, prominent pathologist, dead at 65

A pioneer in medical informatics, he held appointments at Johns Hopkins Hospital and other institutions

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April 10, 2011|By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun

Dr. George William Moore, who had practiced pathology in Baltimore since 1976 and was a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, died April 4 after a long illness. He was 65.

During his career, Dr. Moore published hundreds of articles on pathology and computational medicine. His work in the closely related fields of medical informatics and pathology informatics, both of which emerged in the 1970s, was groundbreaking. Medical informatics covers the broad field of hospital computerization, while pathology informatics deals with the organization, retrieval and analysis of clinical laboratory data collected in medical centers.

Dr. Moore, celebrated for a fine singing voice as well as a prodigious beard, held appointments at Johns Hopkins Hospital, the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He developed a wide range of computational techniques for collecting and indexing the data contained in pathology reports. He also established novel statistical methods for analyzing the collected data.

He was born in Detroit and grew up in the suburb of Highland Park. He was educated in public schools and graduated at the top of his class at Highland Park High School in 1963.

He attended the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he majored in cellular biology and earned a bachelor's degree in science. He received his doctorate in biomathematics from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. After a year of postdoctoral training at the University of Freiburg in Germany, Dr. Moore returned to Detroit, where he earned a medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1976.

Five years earlier, he had married the former Barbara Lynne Struble. They had two sons, Geoffrey Walter Moore, who was born in 1974 and died three months ago, and Gregory Vincent Wayne Moore, born in 1980, who survives him.

Dr. Moore and his family moved to Baltimore in 1976, and lived most recently in Cedarcroft. In 1981, he completed an internship and residency in the pathology department at Hopkins, and stayed on as an assistant professor in pathology until 1989. That year, he accepted an appointment as associate professor at the University of Maryland School Of Medicine and continued to teach at Hopkins' various institutions. Also in 1989, Dr. Moore began practicing as a full-time pathologist at the VA Medical Center, a position he held until his death.

In 1967, Dr. Moore was named a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and in 1980 received the Ludwig Aschoff Medal from the Medical Society of Freiburg. In 2007, he was named an honorary fellow by the Association for Pathology Informatics.

From 1957 until shortly before he died, Dr. Moore sang tenor in various chorus societies. He was particularly proud to have been a chorus member in a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1959, under the baton of Paul Paray, as well as a performance in 1966 of the University of Michigan Choral Union conducted by the Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky. Most recently, Dr. Moore sang in the choir for the Episcopal Church of Christ the King, in Woodlawn, where he was a member of the congregation.

In addition to his wife and son, Dr. Moore is survived by a brother, James Michael Moore, and a sister, Kathleen Elizabeth Moore.

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