Moore, Jr., Eugene (Gene) Harrington
Eugene Harrington Moore, Jr—referred to at various times in his life as Junior, Gene, EU-gene, Counselor, Dad, and Opa—was born November 26, 1947 and left us April 11, 2014.
He was born and raised in Waco, TX, the son of the late Eugene Harrington and Charlotte Garrett Moore, themselves native Wacoans. The Brazos may run muddy, as Lyle Lovett wrote, but it runs strong in Gene’s family. After graduating from Richfield High School in 1965, he attended Baylor University, class of 1969, where he was a member of Circle K. Gene loved all things Baylor, particularly football, though to his final day he believed the only true BU football helmet was old gold with a single green stripe. In a freshman English class at Armstrong Browning Library, he met Sheila Duncan. They were married August 22, 1970, in her hometown of Longview, TX.
He joined the Waco City Attorney’s office after graduating from Baylor Law School in 1972 and then became an Assistant City Attorney in Irving, TX. Following that, he worked in the legal department of Lone Star Gas in Dallas before taking a position with Dresser Industries in Houston in 1976. In 1987, he became General Counsel of Dresser-Rand in Corning, NY, a city that forever held a fond spot in his heart.
Upon returning to Dallas in 2000, he maintained a private legal practice and was General Counsel of Ruhrpumpen—a job that often took him to Witten, Germany, whose residents treated him as if he were a native, even if he spoke German with a Texas accent.
Gene is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years, Sheila, his son and daughter-in-law Geoff and Nicki Moore of Los Angeles, CA, his daughter and son-in-law Emily and Seth Kenton of Silver Spring, MD, and three grandchildren—Brooks & Camille Kenton and Griffin Moore. He also treasured his sister and brother-in-law Carole Jean and Dr. E. Maxey Abernathy and their three children.
A memorial service to celebrate Gene’s life will be held Wednesday, April 16th, at 11:00 am at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, 9800 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Eugene H. and Charlotte G. Moore Law School Scholarship Fund at Baylor Law School.
Everyone Gene met became a friend, and anyone who heard his stories—from “too many clickety-clicks” to “Chronicle Bob” to “Agent Cupcake”—knew that he had the gift of gab as well as the gift of laughter. We will miss that, and we will miss him.
Please send the family condolences on this website.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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My wife and I are friends of Gene’s sister, Carole Jean Abernathy.
We were so sorry to hear of Gene’s death. May the peace of Christ be with the family.
Sheila and family, my thoughts and
prayers are with all of you. Your dear
husband, father, grandfather, brother,
uncle and friend to many will be greatly
missed. “Be of good courage, and He shall
strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in
the Lord”. Psalm 31:24
My mom and I would like to express our sincere sympathy to all of you at this time. We both have fond memories of “Junior” and know you will miss him. Mom speaks a lot about the past. Aunt Charlotte, Junior, and Carol Jean are often mentioned when she reflects. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless, Debbi and Dutch
I will ALWAYS LOVE JR-HE WAS OLDER BROTHER TO ME_LOV YA’LLUVRL2Y
Condolences to all your family in your loss!
The last conversation I remember having with Gene was perhaps as much as 15 years ago,shortly after Geoff had graduated from Baylor. Gene and Geoff had taken a trip to Europe. As much as Gene enjoyed seeing and visiting the sights, what he clearly enjoyed most was the quality time he was able to spend with Geoff. That was clearly a precise trip for him. Our thoughts and prayers continue with all of you. Ernie and Kate
Sheila, so glad you posted this tribute of Your husband. He sounds like the perfect one! So sorry this has happened at this young age to all of you. Peace, love, and strength prayed for you.
My new friend Sheila, I’ve been thinking about you nearly every hour this past week. I am sad that I didn’t get to know Gene, and hope I’ve learned a lesson in that somehow. The obit is lovely. I want to know who’s English class you were in. Savor each and every one of your wonderful memories. They should not be forgotten.
Words are so inadequate at a time like this, but we lift you all up in prayer. So, so sorry!
Love from The Nolteriekes
What a beautifully written tribute! We will miss Gene and his many stories. Sheila, you and your family are in our daily prayers.
I met Gene over 30 years ago, traveled with him on several occasions and considered him a friend. He will be missed.
He will be missed deeply especially by his famiy. Our love to Sheila and their children.
My thoughts & prayers are with you & your
family. I have so many great memories of Gene and
his famous, animated stories.
To the Moore Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I remember most is your husband’s/father’s smile and his laugh. Love to you all!
We offer our most heartfelt condolences to y’all.
Ross & Brian
Sheila and family,
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you during this extremely difficult time.
Harrell joins me in sending our condolences on the loss of Gene from our church family. He was a bright smile in our congregation and he will be missed. I will be speaking, unfortunately, at the time of his memorial service. I’ll be praying for your family, however.
The world enjoyed the wisdom and kindness of this wonderful man with an infectious smile. A joy to work with and know. Our condolences. ….The Nyes
We send our sincerest prayers of condolence for Sheila, Geoff and family and Emily and family, and prayers of thanksgiving for the life of Gene. It was an honor to know him while our paths crossed at First Presbyterian Church in Corning. And now, the Lord has called Gene home ~
I am so sorry to see that you have lost your Daddy, and that your precious children have lost their Opa. Much love to you and your family.
We will cherish the special memories of Gene’s delightful stories, as only he could relate, and his love to discuss football. We are sad to lose a friend. Sheila, Emily, Geoff and family you have such a strong family bond to help you through these difficult days. Prayer for all and our love. Jim and Shan
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalm 116:15 Precious in His sight, because one of His children is coming home, with their life’s work completed. We praise our Lord for the gift of Gene and rejoice in his life.
My condolence. Gene joined Ruhrpumpen at the same time I did va9dLand had worked at D -R with him. He was absolutely the best in style and professionalism. I can not remember ever seeing Gene without a smile on his face.
Larry… A friend
We share in you time of sorrow and pray our God is giving you peace and strength. Cherish those God given memories, Gene will be missed by many.
Sheila & family: I’m so sorry for your loss & will be praying for you. Trust in GOD as HE will carry you through this difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss.
What a great guy to work with – He had such a wonderful balance of wisdom, forsight, and humor. All of us at Stewart and Stewart enjoyed him immensely and will deeply miss him. Alan
MY CONDOLENCES TO THE WHOLE FAMILY. VERY SAD NEWS, HE WAS SO YOUNG. I KNEW GENE DURING HIS TENURE AT D-R AND MAINLY IN CORNING WHILE I WORKED IN OLEAN. HE WAS SO MUCH FUN TO BE AROUND. HE HAD A LAUGH THAT FILLS A ROOM. WE TOOK A TRIP TOGETHER TO GERMANY, WE SPEND ONE DAY MEETING WITH A CLIENT AND BACK THE NEXT DAY. I GOT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT GENE THAN I EVER DID IN TWO YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER. THAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE STUCK ON A PLANE FOR 20 HRS. HE WAS TELLING ME ABOUT A TRIP HE INTENDS TO TAKE WITH HIS SON TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOT STEPS OF HIS DAD DURING THE 2nd WORLD WAR. HE WAS SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS TRIP. I HOPE TO GOD THAT HE DID.
HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED….
When Mr. Moore would have the occasion to visit our office here in DC, he would always arrive with a cheery smile and the friendliness of a person that you thought that you had known all of your life. He lit up a room and I always was very happy to see him. I enjoyed our conversations and I will certainly miss that smile and his friendliness. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Mary Jane Owens
Stewart and Stewart
Our deepest sympathies to all the family in the loss of a really great guy. Gene was intelligent, talented and friendly and enjoyed the most delightful sense of humor. You couldn’t be around him long before you found your sides hurting with laughter at his stories and humorous insights. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless you all during this time.
The following is the message that I passed to the Ruhrpmpen’s employees:
Sadly I regret to inform you, that Gene Moore passed away last night in Dallas, Texas, he was accompanied by his family at the hospital. Gene did a lot for the company and was very important in the development of Corporacion EG and Ruhrpumpen, I had the privilege of meeting him back in 2000, we worked together many times, from the acquisition of the Tulsa plant, the battles with Flowserve, the formation of Ruhrpumpen Egypt, the negotiations with Northstar (Derlan) to buy back their shares in the company, among many other things he did.
He will be remembered
As noted in Gene’s obituary, Gene loved to tell stories. Many of his stories were a creation of his own humorous twist on people, places and events. Gene’s stories always ended with one of the most hearty and infectious laughs that I have ever heard. In fact, sometimes it was all Gene could do to get the story out due to his laughter. He was a kind person and the world will miss him. May God bless his family and may Gene be granted eternal peace.
Sheila, I remember Gene’s first days at Dresser. He was such a newbie and I know “the girls” (I use the term loosely) made him miserable, until we eventually allowed him in. He turned out to be such a handsome man. I know you all will miss him.
Sincerely, Martha Baird
Sheila, I was so sorry to hear about Gene for you and your children. Mother and I both regret we won’t be able to be at the services but know we are praying for you
I will always remember my dear childhood friend. We met when I was new to the neighborhood in 1953, Gene, or Junior as I knew him, was 7 and I was 6. The Moore’s lived a house down on the next street and we spent many, many hours, playing “army” in backyards, skining knees crashing our bicycles, tussling in backyard football games, and I trying desparately trying to strike Junior out (usually unsuccessfully)when he came to bat. We spent many a night at each others house driving our mothers crazy by staying up late. We both saw snow for the first time when I was spending the night at his house (he was living on Grim of Gorman Ave. at the time). His mother woke us up at daylight and pointed out the window..wow, real snow! We couldn’t wait to get dressed and race outside. Dispite warnings, we took off outside, Junior slipped, conked his head on the sidewalk, and our dreams of a day of snow-filled fun were kaput! Ah, well. We were both devoted fishermen and enjoyed many trips courtesy of parents to Lakes Waco and Belton. Junior and I were really close until college stepped in and opened another chapter in our histories. I’ll always remember our childhood together. It was one I’ll aways treasure. Goodbye dear friend and may God bless you.
We are very sorry for your loss and that we didn’t get a chance to talk to Mr. Moore more often as it sounds like he had a rich, full life surrounded by a warm family. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
Gene was a great guy and will remember the laughs and comments at the school plays. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Russ & Judy
Dear Sheila, Geoff and Emily and families: What a great loss with EUgene’s passing. He will always be in our hearts and memories of all the great times we all had in our neighborhood. God Bless Love yas
I worked with Gene over these last 14 years at Ruhrpumpen. He was a great friend to me. I will miss all his stories, as it seems every time I saw him or we talked he had a story that related to something we were doing. I know he was having fun with it all. The work, the family, everything. He was very proud of his family, and happy to update me about how you all were doing.
I am guessing Gene was chuckling to himself the time he gave me his tickets to a Baylor football away game at Oklahoma State. (I’m OSU orange) Anyway, maybe it was just those particular Baylor fans I was sitting around, as I was definitely surrounded, and they were giving it to me. I really think he set me up for that one!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Gene’s stories, his laugh, and his incredible heart will be greatly missed.
We have lost another great Bear from the class of 69. You will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with Sheila and family.
I first met Gene in 1981, in the days of Dresser Industries Power Systems Group, bumped into each other occasionally at Dresser-Rand, and conferred extensively in his most recent role as Corporate Counsel. He was long on ability and common sense, warm and outgoing–a real pleasure to work with.
Please allow Sarah and me to share in your loss, and know that Sheila and all will be in our prayers.
John W. Mundy
I wrote earlier, but was in a bit of shock at the time. All I said is true, but looking back at those words, it sounded more like I knew Gene long ago. In fact, I worked more with him in the last ten years, since we both left Dresser than ever before. And I saw Gene recover from that first stroke. And then another. But it was that first one. He worked so hard to rehabilitate himself and succeeded admirably. As always, he revealed his determination in the hardest times.
Today’s service was such a wonderful tribute to a very unique individual. It was a joy to know Gene and my thoughts and prayers continue to go to you and your family.
Sheila,while trying to make contact with Gene today, I was shocked to learn of his passing.I look back with fond memories on the fun and challenging times that we worked together at Dresser in Houston. He was a wonderful colleague and bright spirit that would light up a room. The last time we were together was at least six years ago when we met for lunch while I was in Dallas for a meeting. His spirit and laughter had not changed over all the prior years. What a loss for all of us remaining but a bright addition for Heaven. Joanna and I want you to know that you, Gene and family will be in our thoughts and prayers.