The Moores are pictured in Johnson Chapel alongside the portrait of Joseph Hardy Neesima, the founder of Doshisha in Kyoto, Japan.

Ray Moore is Professor of History and Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst. He joined the faculty in 1965 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to entering the world of academe, he served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and the Department of Defense as an intelligence officer.

Ray's research has been on modern Japan and Japanese-American relations since WWII, especially the American Occupation of Japan. His recent book, Partners for Democracy (Oxford U.P., 2000) is on that topic. Since 1971, he has helped create the Asian Studies program, The Five College Center for East Asian Studies, and a junior-year program at Doshisha University, where more than 100 Amherst students have studied Japanese.

A native of Latvia, Ilga came to the U. S. in 1949 after spending five years in a refugee camp after the war. The Moores have two sons (one of whom is Amherst 1981) and five grandchildren. As a celebration of their 45th wedding anniversary, this year they ran the Boston Marathon and the Mt. Washington road race. An active couple to be sure.

Thoughts on giving to amherst: "I want to provide support to an institution that has been such an important part of my life over the past 38 years. The College must continue to respond to a rapidly changing world. To do so, and to remain at the forefront of liberal arts education in America, it needs the support of its faculty as well as its alumni."

The Johnson Chapel Associates society recognizes those alumni and friends who have named Amherst in their will and/or provided for the College through a planned gift. For more information contact Timothy A. Neale ’70, Associate Director of Planned Gifts, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002-5000, (413) 542-8256,

Photo: Frank Ward