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Paul Harold Moore, MD
May 11, 1927 – April 30, 2023
Born at home in rural Winston County, Mississippi, on May 11, 1927, to the late Dempsey and Ida Moore, Paul H. Moore, the last living of ten children, resided in Pascagoula, Mississippi, since 1963, when he joined his brother-in-law in the practice of radiology at Singing River Hospital. In 1972, he founded Singing River Radiology Group and served as its president until 1996. For 36 years until his retirement in 1999, he enthusiastically served patient and partner; employee and colleague; profession and community.
After graduating from Louisville High School in 1944, he spent 18 months in the US Army, after which he attended East Central Junior College, Auburn University, Mississippi College, and the University of Southern Mississippi. In 1949, he married the former Jean Mauldin of Waynesboro. Having returned to Louisville High School to teach science and coach football, basketball, and baseball, he received a Masters degree in education from the University of Mississippi in 1951. In 1954, he returned to Ole Miss to complete post-graduate study required to qualify for medical school, which he began in 1955 as part of the first class to begin training in the new University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson. He received his MD in 1959, and completed his medical training with a rotating internship at Chatham Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, and a radiology residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Since 1963, Dr. Moore’s involvement with the First Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula was active and varied. He loved his church and served as deacon, elder, trustee, taught Sunday School, and chaired many committees, including several capital building campaigns. His faith was well grounded and he enjoyed Bible study. In recent years when visitors stopped in and found him reading Scripture he would say, “I’m studying for my final exam!”
In addition to his duties with Singing River Radiology Group, Dr. Moore was active in numerous professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association (past-president), the American College of Radiology (Fellow & Counselor), the Mississippi Radiological Society (past-president and 2009 Gold Medal recipient), and the Southern Radiological Society (past-president). He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology. In 1964, he was instrumental in establishing the x-ray technology program still offered through Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. In 2001, Dr. Moore was awarded a Special Presidential Award by the Radiological Society of North America for extraordinary contributions to the field of radiology which included his enormous contribution to the establishment of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) at the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Moore’s dedication and service to the University of Mississippi included tenures as president of numerous alumni groups, such as the Ole Miss Alumni Association (past-president), the UM Medical Alumni Chapter (past-president), and the UM Foundation, as well as chairman of the Alumni Hall of Fame Committee. Dr. Moore also served as a member of the university’s Athletic Committee, the Loyalty Foundation Board of Governors, on the School of Medicine’s Dean’s Selection and Dean’s Advisory Committees, and on the Advisory Committee appointed by the Mississippi Board of Higher Learning to assist in selection of the Chancellor of the university. In 1996, Dr. Moore was named to the University of Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame and in 2017, to the University of Mississippi Medical Hall of Fame at which time he noted “I loved the practice of medicine and miss it every day.”
In 1997, Dr. Moore was appointed by US Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott, to serve on the National Gambling Impact Study Commission.
Locally, Dr. Moore served on the Board of Directors for Merchants & Marine Bank. He was past-president of the Rotary Club, Jackson County Cancer Society, the local US Navy League, and was active with the Jackson County Area Chamber of Commerce as well as the United Way of Jackson County.
Dr. Moore’s beloved wife and partner of 62 years, Jean Mauldin, died in 2011. He subsequently married long-time family friend, Marye Vaughan Boland, who died in 2022.
Dr. Moore particularly treasured his family: son, Hal (retired radiologist with Singing River Radiology Group) & Melanie; son, Bill (retired from Singing River Hospital System) & Kay, and six grandchildren - Paul III & Mary Kempton Moore and their children Alice & Henry; John & Aleisha Moore and their children Ravyn Rudolph & Gage; Cole & Devin Terrell and their children Stratton & Collin; Emily M. & Tyler Adkins and their children Annie Riley, Parker Harold, & Lottie Jean; Michael & Adelaide Moore and their sons Lewis & Edwin Yates; and Mollie Moore. He is also survived by Marye’s sons, David (Edward, Bettina, James, Eliza) and John (Oliver, Lillie, Rosemary), and also by Gabrielle (Genevieve, Evan) & Jacob Connelly.
He was blessed with loyal and loving caretakers led by his beloved Aundra Hyde who preceded him in death by three weeks.
Paul Moore will be remembered for his extraordinary generosity, sharp intellect, & wit and love of family, church, many friends, and the Ole Miss Rebels.
Visitation will be Friday, May 12, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church in Pascagoula from 2:00-4:00pm. The Funeral Service will follow at 4:00 PM. Following the service, friends and family are invited to a reception at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom (3604 Magnolia Street). In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions to the First Presbyterian Church (1819 Pascagoula St., Pascagoula, MS 39567 · firstpascagoula.org) or the University of Mississippi Foundation (406 University Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 · umfoundation.com) be considered. Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com.