March 18, 2016
“I am in Washington DC at NAEYC headquarters,” Dr. Moore wrote his Facebook friends, “celebrating the life of JD Andrews.
“He was one on my mentors. Thanks to God for his leadership in the growth and the development of the field of early education.”
Andrews died Dec. 21, 2016 in California. He had lived and worked for decades in Washington D.C., where for decades he was a life force behind the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
He is credited with developing the teacher education programs that were launched as the federal Head Start early childhood education initiative took root. This is a period that also saw the launch of Dr. Moore’s career as a early childhood educator and advocate.
“JD had a very interesting life,” Dr. Moore wrote after he returned to Charlottte. “He empowered many people to reach out and become more they could imagine for the sake of young children.”
“JD’s life touched so many different people in multiple circles and groups,” wrote Dr. Marilyn Smith, former NAEYC executive director and chief operating officer of the Foundation.
March 8, 2017
On Feb. 3, Pete Nagle announced to a table of friends, “Thomas is my best friend!” Six days later, Nagle was gone.
Peter Reid Nagle died unexpectedly on Feb. 9. Friends and family held a celebration of his life on Feb. 12. Pictures show the two longtime friends in a photo taken earlier this year in the Mountain Magnolia Inn kitchen in Hot Springs and, below that, scenes from the celebration of Nagle’s life held Feb. 12.
“I am overwhelmed by feelings of thanks to God for the life of my friend Pete Nagle,” Dr. Moore wrote his Facebook friends on March 8. “During my sharing at his service in Hot Springs, NC, I invited the children to join me in a song. Then I invited some special adults, Pete’s daughters, Dana and Jenna, along with three of their childhood friends, Meg, Julie and Carrie. We all sang my song, “I Am Special”….
“During their elementary and teen years, these five young ladies sang on my recordings and assisted me in hosting and entertaining at my Annual New Year’s Eve Shows for Children and Families.
“Now, at this Hot Springs communitywide service which included many of his Charlotte (NC) friends, we sang a joyful song in celebration of the life of Pete Nagle, father of Dana and Jenna and a special friend to us all.”
Dr. Moore says he and Nagle knew one another for 38 years.
Full obituary is here.
Feb. 21, 2017
At this morning’s Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum, Dr. Moore announced that he had separated from the Tuned In Choir at McCreesh Place, which he had led for about seven years.
He then made these comments below about how choir directors need training well beyond their current focus on the voice, to build an environment in which both youth and adults can experience a sense of community.
Feb. 12, 2017
Dr. Moore is director of a children’s choir at Covenant United Methodist Church in Charlotte.