John Moore

Obituary of John E. Moore

John Edward Moore, 92, of Iowa City, and longtime Director of Admissions and Student Financial Aid at the University of Iowa, died peacefully at his home on September 7, 2018.

 Moore is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Jacklyn; children Christine (Mike) Tarr, Mark (Mickey) Moore, David (Kelley Myers) Moore, and Jennifer (Mark Nicklawske) Moore; stepchildren Damon (Svetlana) Akers, Kaimee Akers, and Kinsey Marcella; thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchilden, numerous nieces and nephews, and a special sister-in-law, Janette (Wolrab) Blinks.

 Moore was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Marian, one sister and five brothers.

Moore was born December 18,1925, in Rockwell City, Iowa, the son of Frank E. and Margaret (Melody) Moore. He graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1943. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Hocking (APA-121), a troop transporter in the South Pacific during World War II. Moore watched the flag raise on Iwo Jima from his ship and received the World War II Victory Medal upon discharge in 1946. In 1947, Moore moved to Iowa City and enrolled at the University of Iowa. He received a B.A. in political science and later earned a master’s degree in education.

Moore met his first wife, Marian Lager, during a history class when they shared a textbook. They married in 1948 and enjoyed potluck dinners with friends, taking their children on picnics to Lake Macbride, and backyard barbeques. Marian passed away in 1987 after 40 years of marriage. 

Moore married Jacklyn (Wolrab) Akers in 1993. John and Jacklyn shared an everlasting love. They enjoyed traveling, dancing, gardening and gourmet cooking. In Moore’s final years, Jacklyn was his devoted caregiver. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in August.

Moore was a man of honesty and integrity. He spent his career working in public service as an educator and university administrator. He taught at Iowa City schools before serving as the first principal of Hoover Elementary School in 1954, and by 1963 was principal of Southeast Junior High. In 1965, Moore was hired as the Director of Student Financial Aid at the University of Iowa and later Director of Admissions in 1973, serving in both positions until his retirement in 1988.  During his tenure, he traveled to Washington, DC, to assist with legislation that later became the Pell Grant and Perkins Loan programs. In 1968 John founded the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (IASFAA) and served as its first president. In recognition, the John Moore Award is given annually to a worthy Iowa College or University financial aid office. The IASFAA celebrated its 50th Anniversary in Des Moines in April, honoring John for his many contributions.

Moore was elected to the Iowa City Community Board of Educators in 1968 and served as President. His love for music led him to co-found The Old Capitol Chorus and serve as secretary/treasurer. John was a former member and bulletin editor of the Rotary Club. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Club, where he enjoyed golfing and playing cards. Those who knew John will remember him as an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan who attended home football games for nearly 50 years, rain or shine.

The family would like to thank Dr. Fred Ovrom and staff at Mercy Hospital for their ongoing care and compassion for John through the years and in his final days.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services, where there will be a time of visitation from 12 Noon until services. Private family interment services will take place at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in John’s memory.

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