The University of Florida’s community of audiologists and speech-language pathologists have lost a legend in the passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus G. Paul Moore

From left: W.S. Brown, Paul Moore, Chris Sapienza, Ken Gerhardt

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Remembering G. Paul Moore

The University of Florida’s community of audiologists and speech-language pathologists have lost a legend in the passing of Distinguished Professor Emeritus G. Paul Moore.

Moore was nationally and internationally known in his field, and was author and editor of many professional publications, books, films and videos. Christine Sapienza, current chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, helped mark Moore's 100th birthday in 2007 and knew him well.

“Dr. Moore was a legend in our field and will be sadly missed by all,” said Sapienza. “He was the greatest of teachers and scientists and mentored thousands during his time as professor. Legendary for his work in high speed motion filming, Dr. Moore gave our field insight into the complexity of vocal fold movement as a biologically complex instrument for producing speech and song."

Born Nov. 2, 1907 in Everson, West Virginia, Moore received an undergraduate degree at West Virginia University in 1929 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in voice pathology and laryngeal function from Northwestern University in 1930 and 1936, respectively.

After spending 32 years on Northwestern University’s faculty, Moore became professor and chair of the University of Florida’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 1962. Though he retired in 1980, he remained active in the department until 1998. In honor of Moore’s contributions to the field, the university has organized the G. Paul Moore Communication Symposium annually since 1978.

Funeral services were held January 23. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested gifts be sent to the University of Florida, C/O G. Paul Moore Symposium, PO Box 117420, Gainesville, FL 32611; or to First Presbyterian Church, 104 SW 3rd St., Gainesville, FL 32601.

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