On Friday, August 14, 2020, Thomas Donly Moore III passed away peacefully at the age of 75 in New Rochelle, New York.
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Thomas was born on February 6, 1945 in Abbeville, SC to Thomas Donly Moore, Jr., a railroad man, and Marian Martin Moore, a homemaker. During his childhood and adolescence Thomas lived in several towns and cities across the American South. He was an energetic and perspicacious young man who made friends wherever he went and was the Senior Class President at Sandy Springs (Georgia) High School, where he played varsity baseball and soccer.
Thomas received his B.F.A. from Yale University in 1969 and his M.C.M (Master of City Management) from East Tennessee State University in 1990. On February 4, 1974, he married Dale Brown. They raised a son, Benjamin D. Moore, an attorney practicing in New York City.
Thomas was a trained and accomplished theatre director and actor. While at Yale, he wrote and directed several plays and, later, directed in and starred in productions at the Barter Theater and the Johnson City (Tennessee) Community Theatre. Thomas was also an avid music lover who enjoyed classical music, opera, folk and classic rock. He was known for his intelligence, his charisma, his captivating smile, his kind and compassionate spirit, and his unique optimism.
Thomas is survived by his former wife, Dale Moore, his son, Benjamin, his grandchildren, Charlotte, Hudson and Tennessee Moore, his sister, Nancy Pearson, his brother-in-law, Neil Pearson, and his nephews, Martin Monteith, David Brown, Matthew Brown and Robb Pearson.
A memorial service will be held at a date to be determined at Thomas’s family farm in White Oak, South Carolina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Thomas’s name to Montefiore Health System (https://www.montefiore.org/supportmontefiore).