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As a faculty member in the University of Central Missouri Department of Agriculture, Tom Moore had a “green thumb” for teaching Introductory Horticultural Science and a host of other courses dealing with soils, plants and the pests that can harm them. The professor emeritus of agriculture has retired after more than 19 years of service to UCM.
Moore joined the university in 1987 as an assistant professor, after serving previously at Washington State University and New Mexico Military Institute. His work in the classroom and involvement with student groups and activities at UCM contributed to his promotion to associate professor.
Moore was a faculty adviser to numerous undergraduate students in the department, and was adviser and faculty sponsor of the Horticulture Club. He supervised the Greenhouse and Nursery Complex operated by the department, as well as the Horticulture Commodities Research Area. Anyone who ever attended one of the Horticulture Club’s annual plant sales likely encountered Moore, often working alongside club members to help raise money for student scholarships.
In addition to his work on campus, Moore presented workshops at events such as the Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture, Missouri Small Fruits Conference, Western Association of Nurserymen and Landscaping Professionals Convention, and the Missouri Horticultural Society’s Conference on Large Fruits. He has contributed to his profession and the education of students as a member of the Advisory Board for the Horticulture program at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.
Moore’s education includes three degrees in horticulture: a bachelor’s from Texas Tech University, and master’s and doctorate from Washington State University.