March 17, 1931 - Feb. 28, 2012
Donald L. Moore, 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Howard Regional Health System. He was born March 17, 1931, in French Lick, to the late Claude and Ethel (Lewis) Moore. He graduated with the Class of 1949 from Kendallville High School, where he played trumpet in the school’s dance and German bands and developed a lifelong love of Big Band and Jazz music. Don was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Naomi A. Strawser, on June 23, 1950.
Don graduated from Purdue University’s School of Pharmacy in 1953, where he was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity. He served in the ROTC program at Purdue and was commissioned in the chemical corps at Fort McClellan, Anniston, Ala., in the summer of 1953. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves for many years in Marion and then Kokomo. Don was a pharmacist and manager for Muir’s Drug stores in Marion and Muncie from 1953 to 1955.
Don and Naomi moved to Kokomo and opened Moore Rexall Drug Store on the corner of Markland and Courtland avenues on Sept. 5, 1955. Don was extremely proud that Moore’s was one of the first pharmacies in Indiana to computerize their prescriptions, and he educated other pharmacists across the country to implement computerization. He was president of Moore Drug Store Inc. until he retired in 2001. He considered the people that he came into contact with over those 45-plus years to be friends and family rather than customers and employees.
Don was a past president of the Howard County Pharmaceutical Association, Indiana Pharmacist’s Association and National Community Pharmacy Association (formerly NARD). He was a member of American Pharmaceutical Association, American Society for Automation in Pharmacy, National Home Infusion Association, the John Purdue Club, Rotary International, Elk’s Lodge No. 190, Kokomo, Moose Lodge No. 249, Peru, and American Legion Post 6, Kokomo. He served in many capacities over the years with the USP-DI Advisory Panel on Pharmacy Practice, the Purdue Pharmacy Dean’s Advisory Panel, the Purdue University President’s Council, Eli Lilly Pharmacy Advisor Panel, Indiana Pharmacist Education Foundation, ConvaCare Advisory Council and the Howard Community Hospital Business Advisory Council. Don was a preceptor for the Purdue School of Pharmacy and a consultant for the UpJohn Training Program. He was also a member of First Christian Church, Kokomo.
Don’s honors and awards received include the APhA Foundation Bowl of Hygeia Award for Community Service, Squibb Prescription Award, Merck Sharp and Dohme Pharmacy Award for Outstanding Acheivement, Wayne H. Robbins Excellence Award, Glenn J. Sperandio Award for the Advancement of Pharmacy Practice, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Purdue University, the John W. Dargavel Medal (the highest award given by the National Community Pharmacist’s Association (NCPA) Foundation and the state of Indiana’s Sagamore of the Wabash.
During his tenure as an officer with NARD, Don and Naomi had the opportunity to travel to many states, territories and several countries around the world, always promoting pharmacy and making friends all along the way. He cherished his relationships with fellow NARD members and their families.
Don enjoyed the Purdue sports teams, especially football (Boiler Up!). He made two trips to the Rose Bowl to watch them play and had season tickets for many decades. Other favorite pastimes included fishing trips to Uchi Lake in Canada, summer and spring break cross-country camping trips with his wife and three daughters and time spent at Lake Manitou with his children and grandchildren.
Don leaves behind his lovely wife of 61 years, Naomi (Strawser) Moore; his three daughters, Patricia and her husband, David, Bradford, Greenville, Maine; Janet Moore, Kokomo, and Pamela Moore, Aurora, Ill.; nine grandchildren, Sarah Cotner, Kokomo, Ezra DeMuth, Chicago, Amy and her husband, Jacob, Lytle, Winston-Salem, N.C., Jeremy DeMuth of Chicago, Benjamin Cotner, Pacific Palisades, Calif., Andrea and her husband, Jonathan, Chappell, Raleigh, N.C., Justin DeMuth, Morris, Ill., Clayton DeMuth, Chicago, and Jeffrey Willhauck, Aurora, Ill.; three great grandchildren, Naomi, Claire and Joshua Lytle, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Don’s family would like to thank the staff and therapists at Kindred Rehabilitation, Dr. Baikadi A Ravindra and Dr. Techsin Ty.
There will be a funeral service for Don at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ellers Mortuary Webster Street Chapel, 3400 S. Webster St., with Ellen Anderson officiating. After the funeral service, Don will be taken to his final resting place in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery, where military rites will be provided by the U.S. Army and the VFW military rites teams. Don’s family and friends are welcome to join together for a time visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with live music, as requested by Don, provided by the Dixieland Band.
Contributions can be made in Don’s memory to the NCPA Foundation Pharmacy Scholarship Fund, 100 Daingerfield Rd. Alexandria, VA 22314, also to HCMS Project Access Howard County Prescription Fund, in memory of Donald L. Moore, at Community First Bank, or to the charity of one’s choice.
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