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Moore, who helped Washington Co. students with diploma challenges, dies

April 23, 2008|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Many students who Budd A. Moore guided had a turbulent path to graduation.

"It's obvious the kids he wanted to help the most were the ones that most people felt weren't going to make it," said his wife, Faye Kilbride Moore.

Budd Moore, a longtime Washington County teacher and guidance counselor, died Monday at age 61. He had renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer, his wife said.

His 39 years in the school system included about 17 at Evening High School, a second chance for students facing various obstacles or problems.

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In a 2006 Herald-Mail story about Evening High School's graduation, a student said he wanted to drop out, but Moore wouldn't let him.

"We had our success stories and that's what kept us going," said Mike Sweeney, who knew Moore for almost 40 years and worked with him at Evening High School.

Kilbride Moore, who worked with her husband at South Hagerstown High School, called him "brilliant - probably the smartest man I know."

In 2002, they were married in their Antrim Township, Pa., yard.

Sweeney said Moore was "a well-read, Renaissance kind of person," someone you craved for your Trivial Pursuit team.

They both were fans of Gary Larson's comic panel "The Far Side."

The son of parents who didn't advance past eighth grade, Moore was determined to get himself a full education, his wife said.

To pay his way through Hagerstown Junior College - as it was called then - without any loans, Moore grew and sold asparagus, and helped out on farms, she said.

He received a bachelor's degree from Frostburg State University. He earned master's degrees in history, special education and counseling from Shippensburg (Pa.) University and a doctorate from Virginia Tech.

Moore started at North Hagerstown High School as a teacher in 1969. He became a guidance counselor in 1988, according to school system records.

He moved to South High in 1995, then Clear Spring High School in 2006.

For many years, he guided students at Evening High School, too. He'd finish a day of school at South, then go downstairs for an evening of school, four times a week, Kilbride Moore said.

"He's the true example of the Protestant ethic," she said.

With Moore's help, Evening High School grew in numbers and success.

"He was my cornerstone all of those years," said Clear Spring High School Assistant Principal Bob Beard, who brought Moore into the program and knew him his whole career.

South High Principal Richard Akers said Moore anchored the county's college fair for years.

Using the fees colleges pay to participate, scholarships will be awarded in Moore's name to Hagerstown Community College education majors, Akers said.

Moore always figured out just what students needed to make progress, Beard said.

"People had simply not listened to them before. Budd would listen," he said.

After hearing that one student's family was struggling as Thanksgiving approached, Moore delivered a ham, a turkey and other ingredients for a full holiday meal, his wife said.

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