Deceased September 6, 2015

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In Memory

Daniel Charles Moore Jr. died on Sept. 6, 2015, in Seattle. He was a physician, teacher and clinical researcher of international importance in the specialty of regional anesthesia.

At Amherst, Dan was a member of Beta Theta Pi, football (assistant freshman manager, 3; freshman manager, 4), wrestling (1, 2, 3, 4), intramural sports manager (4) Pre-Medical Club (4) and Sphinx Club (4).

He graduated from Northwestern School of Medicine with a passionate interest in anesthesiology and completed a residency in anesthesiology at Wesley Mason Hospital, Seattle. From 1945 to 1947 he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and then joined the Mason Clinic Partnership, a 15-member group, as chief and director of anesthesiology at the Virginia Mason Hospital. In 1950 he established a resident training program that was fully approved by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Within 10 years the department became nationally and internationally known as a leader and for its expertise in the administration of regional anesthesia in surgical and obstetrical procedures. He also established the first “in-house” anesthesia service, available 24–7 nationwide.

Dan retired from the Mason Clinic Partnership in 1983 but continued to teach at the University of Washington Medical School. He was a clinical professor since 1963. His method of teaching was unique—he worked in the OR “hands on” with fellow anesthesiologists from the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and France. He published four books, wrote more than 200 articles and made nine teaching videos.

He had memberships in many anesthesia societies with executive positions. Many awards were attributed to his dedication to his specialty, and to his lifetime of excellent care of his patients.

He is survived by four children: Barbara Strauss, Nancy M. VanAmerongen, Daniel C. Moore Jr. and Susan P. Moore; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Larry Griesemer ’40

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Daniel C. Moore I came from Cincinnati to Amherst and was fortunate to have a fine pre-med course of study. After graduating from Northwestern U. Med. School, I had my Internship and then Residency at Wesley Memorial Hospital, also in Chicago. Then I served 2 years in the Medical Corps.

Beginning in 1947, being Board Certified in Anesthesiology, I became associated with Virginia Mason Hospital and The Mason Clinic in Seattle, Washington for all of my professional life to the present-- Director, then chief of the Department; Clinical Associate, then Professor at the U. of Washington Medical School (1956 to present).

Daniel C. Moore I have been a member and honoree in various medical fraternities and associations, local, state, national, and international. Received the high working honor of being President of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in 1958-9. Consequently, I've had many awards throughout the world- e.g., South America and Europe, Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons.

Aside from papers (over 180 published) and lectures I think my most important contribution to medicine has been the study and publishing of "Regional Block" 1953- now in fifth edition and l0th printing. I'm sure that all the honors and awards stem from that basic work, long considered THE text. Am proud to be one of A Great Profession.

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