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Edwin Richard (Rich) Moore, 84, of Conyngham, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, January 10, 2024, at the Pavilion at St. Luke Village in Hazleton, PA.
Born in Bronx, NY, October 28, 1939, Rich was the only son of the late Edwin and Helen (Lowther) Moore. In 1961, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from William Jewell College, Liberty, MO; and subsequently earned a Master of Hospital Administration Degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; in 1963.
In 1963 he was appointed as the first Junior Hospital Administrator of the City of New York, a new position at that time in the Department of Health, and worked in that capacity at Bellevue Medical Center, N.Y.C., NY before entering the United States Army.
A Captain of the United States Army, Rich served in various medical administrative positions both in the continental United States and in the Republic of Vietnam. During a portion of his time in Vietnam, he and his wife Susan were both stationed at the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam from Dec 1966 to Apr 1967 before being discharged. Following his discharge from the Army, he was appointed Assistant Director at Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY and served in that position for six years when he accepted the position as President/C.E.O. of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA.
In 1986, after serving as an hospital administrator in Alliance, OH, Rich returned to northeastern PA to assume the position as the President/C.E.O. of Hazleton General Hospital immediately after its divestiture from the State of Pennsylvania to a community board of directors. Until his retirement in June 2001, Rich led the development of the hospital and was instrumental in the formation of the Greater Hazleton Health Alliance, a partnership between Hazleton General Hospital and Hazleton Saint Joseph Medical Center.
A longtime active member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Conyngham, PA, Rich was active in the community serving as a Director and Past President of the Board of Directors of The Greater Hazleton United Way. He was a Director and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a Director of the Can Do Foundation, a Director of Can Do, Inc., a member of the Hospice St. John Advisory Board, a member of the Minsi Trails Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee and was a member of Paul Harris Fellows and past Director of the Rotary Club of Hazleton.
Rich enjoyed spending his time fishing, boating, golfing, and traveling with his family which included many hours on the stream fly-fishing with his wife of 58 years, Susan.
Surviving are his loving wife, the former Susan Marie Schettler, to whom he was married on October 30, 1965 in Mt. Vernon, NY; three children, Laura Harris and husband William, Allentown; Eliot Moore and wife Stacy (Anastasia) Moore, Greensburg; and William Moore and wife Emily Keane, Red Bank, NJ; three grandchildren, Ava, Emmitt and Madilynne; two nieces, Heidi Starkey and husband William, Philadelphia; and Kathryn Schettler, Los Angeles, CA; two step-grandchildren, Caitlin and Cameron.
His funeral will be held with a Memorial Service on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 10:30 AM from Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. (East), 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums, interment will follow in Conyngham Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon January 14, 2024, from 3PM - 5PM.
Memorial donations in Rich's memory may be made to Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, PO Box 494, Conyngham, PA 18219. Online condolences can be entered, and more information is available at www.harmanfuneral.com.
Christ Ev. Lutheran Church
PO Box 494, Conyngham PA 18219