WILL C. MOORE - 1889-1972 Photograph courtesy Indiana University School of Medicine Biography
The Will C. Moore Lecturers * 1987 - Henry T. Bahnson * 1988 - Robert M. Zollinger * 1989 - H. William Scott * 1990 - Lloyd M. Nyhus * 1991 - C. Rollins Hanlon * 1992 - Judson G. Randolph * 1993 - Paul E. Ebert * 1994 - Alexander J. Walt * 1995 - David C. Sabiston, Jr. * 1996 - LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. * 1997 - Seymour I. Schwartz * 1998 - Samuel A. Wells, Jr. * 1999 - W. Hardy Hendren, III * 2000 - R. Scott Jones * 2001 - Lazar J. Greenfield * 2002 - L.D. Britt * 2003 - John L. Cameron * 2004 - Barbara L. Bass * 2005 - Thomas Russell * 2006 - Lena M. Napolitano * 2007 - Richard L. Gamelli * 2008 - Ravi S. Chari * 2009 - Anthony Whittemore * 2010 - Fabrizio Michelassi * 2011 - Rodney J. Rohrich * 2012 - Edward E. Cornwell, III * 2013 - Mark Talamini * 2014 - Peter Angelos * 2015 - Douglas Evans * 2016 - Demetrios Demetriades
WILL C. MOORE, M. D. 1889 - 1972 Born in Summitville, Indiana, on January 23, 1889, Will C. Moore graduated from Indiana University with the class of 1912. In 1914, he received his M.D. degree from the Indiana University Medical School. He interned at the Joseph Eastman Hospital and served as an assistant to Joseph Rilius Eastman in Indianapolis. Desiring further training in surgery, he traveled to the best medical center at the time in Vienna, Austria, where he worked until the United States declared war on Germany. Dr. Moore traveled on a cattle boat from Spain in order to return to the States to enlist. During World War I, Dr. Moore served in field hospitals in the Argonne Forest, Verdun, and near St. Michael. He stayed in Germany to work in an occupation hospital after the war.
Dr. Moore married his college sweetheart, Seymour native Edith Pfaffenberger, on August 20, 1917. The couple moved to Muncie in 1920. Dr. Moore and Inez Warnock (his nurse for 51 years) would drive to Hartford City, New Castle, Farmland, and other surrounding towns, where they often operated in private homes - on kitchen tables, if necessary. Moore also performed surgery at the Old Home Hospital and, after its opening in 1929, at Ball Memorial Hospital. For over 50 years, Will C. Moore, M.D., worked as a general surgeon in Muncie. He was a man dedicated to his profession and his community; a physician who performed over 2,500 operations in some years and did a total of more than 60,000 operations in Central Indiana during his lifetime. He was also an able administrator and served as Ball Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff for many years. Will C. Moore was a humanitarian whose many acts of kindness and compassion throughout the years endeared him to the entire community. In addition to his concern for his patients, he assisted more than 50 young doctors with the financing of their education or offices. He contributed heavily to Ball Hospitals first building addition as well.
Will Moore was also a gentleman farmer who subsequently became President of the Indiana Hereford Association, and received several meritorious awards from Purdue University for his statewide activities in furthering agriculture. He was President of the Indiana University Medical Alumni. He also served as President of the Indiana State Board of Medical Examiners, and was a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the American Medical Association and the Delaware-Blackford Medical Society. Dr. Moore was devoted to excellence in education and medical care. He was one of the first members of the American College of Surgeons and one of the first to urge hospitals to employ "Board-Certified" physicians. His medical and cancer education and prevention lectures were well known, as were the warmth and humor that placed him in demand as a meetings master of ceremonies.
Dr. Moore had two children: Dr. Thomas C. Moore, Professor of Surgery at UCLA School of medicine, and Mrs. Nancy Moore Clatworthy, Professor of Sociology, Ohio State University. Dr. Moore died in 1972 at the age of 83. In memory of his lifelong commitment to medical care and education in Indiana the annual Will C. Moore Surgical Lectureship has been established in the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine by his family and friends.