John Harlan Moore, 85, a resident of Manheim Township, died Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at Homestead Village. He had been married almost 60 years to the late Jean McGowan Moore who died in 2007.
Born in Lexington, KY, he was one of four sons of Anne and Lee Moore. Three brothers preceded him in death, all having served in the Military Forces. John served in the United States Merchant Marine for two and a half years and saw action in the North and South Atlantic theaters as well as the Mediterranean theater. He was honorably discharged from the United States Coast Guard in January of 1945.
Upon graduation from Lehigh University with a BSME in 1947, he was employed by Armstrong World Industries. He spent 10 years at their Pittsburgh production facility before being transferred to the main production plant in Lancaster. John served as Plant Industrial Engineer, Production Superintendent and then as Divisional Chief Industrial Engineer. He finished his career as Director of Quality Assurance for the company in 1986. His desire to improve the companyâ€™s quality was marked by his insistence that a philosophy of “Do It Right The First Time” was adopted as the watch word for all company personnel.
He enjoyed golf, bridge, travel and spending the winters in Palm Desert, CA with his wife Jean for over 25 years. John was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church, the Lancaster Country Club, the Hamilton Club, the Lancaster Pirates, The Lancaster Equinoctial Canalers, The Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution, the Masonic F. & A. M. Lodge 657 (Bellevue, Pittsburgh, PA) a former member of the Lancaster Rotary Club, a Kentucky Colonel, a Tennessee Squire and the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, and the American Officers Association of America.
Surviving is a son, Dr. John H., Jr. husband of Jane Emory Moore of Radnor; and four grandchildren who were the “apple of Johnâ€™s eye” as the expression goes, Margaret Elizabeth Moore, Kathryn Lucille Moore, Nancy Jane Moore and John Harlan Moore, III.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 11:00 A.M. at the Highland Presbyterian Church, 1801 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA. Friends may greet the family on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Interment will be private in the Highland Presbyterian Church Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Mooreâ€™s memory may be made to Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Dr., P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125.