Nov. 2013 Newsletter: Trustee Spotlight: Garland “Bo” Moore (Col ’54)

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SONY DSCGarland “Bo” Moore’s connection with the University of Virginia has spanned more than 60 years and, other than his 57 years of marriage to his wife Kingsley, Bo considers his time as an undergraduate at the University to be the happiest of his life.

Bo was born in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Calvert School (’44) and McDonogh School (’50).  He graduated from the University with a BA in Religion in ’54 and was a three time All-American in lacrosse.  He played on Virginia’s first national championship team in ’52 and was the captain of the team his senior year in ’54.  Bo enjoyed a very diverse experience at the University as in addition to being a student athlete he was also a member of the St. Elmo fraternity, the Z Society, the Student Council, and during his fourth year lived at 27 West Lawn.

After graduating, Bo served in the U. S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant then began his professional career as a commercial banker prior to founding Moore and Company, Inc. in 1976.  Bo has a long history of contributing his time and expertise to both corporate and philanthropic boards including Mangels-Herold Co., 1st Federated Life Insurance Co., Financial General Bancshares, 1st American Bank of Maryland (Chairman of the Executive Committee), Chevy Chase Bank (Chairman of Audit Committee), Realty Investment Co. (current), Sunburst Hospitality Corporation (current), Commonweal Foundation, Center Stage Theatre, U. S. Lacrosse Foundation (now U. S. Lacrosse, Inc.), U. S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Selection Committee, and the McDonogh School Board of Trustees (Executive Committee).

Bo also has perhaps the most unique story of any of our trustees with respect to how he got involved with the Jefferson Trust.  Bo was a member of the Alumni Association’s Board of Managers from 1970-1973.  As it turned out neither of the Moores’ children attended the University so Bo had a vacuum of sorts as it related to his involvement with the school following his term on the Board of Managers.  More than 30 years later, Bo and Kingsley attended a luncheon in Baltimore to thank Jack Syer for his service to the Alumni Association and to welcome Tom Faulders.  During that luncheon Jack and Tom spoke of the Alumni Association’s new undertaking, the Jefferson Trust.  Driving home Kingsley asked Bo his opinion and he thought it sounded novel and intriguing.  After she pointed out how much the University has meant to Bo and also meant to her father, Bryan Black, ’27, Bo decided to dive back in.

Bo has served with distinction on the Trust’s board from the outset, participating as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and serving as Chair of the Finance Committee.  Upon his “return”, Bo found an Alumni Association on a much grander scale than what he had seen in 1973 and has been consistently impressed by the professionalism of Tom Faulders, Donna Arehart, Wayne Cozart, and their entire staff.

With respect to his experience as a Jefferson Trust trustee, Bo mentioned that he has been struck by several aspects.  The first is the commitment of the trustees which “to a person, is greater than any other not for profit organization I have been involved with, each of which have been outstanding in their own right.”  The diversity of the trustee group in terms of experience, age, gender, and perspective has made a profound impression on Bo and he has been particularly impressed with the consistent collegiality of the group.  “The Trustees have had tough decisions to chew on with plenty of chance to backslide but I never saw a wavering from the collegial atmosphere.”   The other aspect of being a trustee that has made an impression on Bo is the diversity of those seeking and receiving grants, which has been “a real eye opener into the breadth of University life.”

From a personal standpoint, Bo and Kingsley split time between their home in Baltimore, winters in Florida, and time at their summer home in New Hampshire.  His favorite sports teams, besides the Hoos, are the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens and he still considers Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman to be his favorite all-time movie.  He and Kingsley enjoy watching their grandchildren compete in athletics, playing golf, and a little opera.  In addition, Bo rows a single shell, works out at the gym, and spends a lot of time on his tractor maintaining their property.  He is also very happy that his granddaughter and namesake, Garland Mooney, is currently a first year at the University and a member of the class of 2017, which is a thrill for the entire Moore/Mooney family and extends their connection with the University for many years to come.

The University and specifically the Jefferson Trust thank him for all that he has done over the years.  The Trust would simply not be what it is today with the bright future that it enjoys without the contributions of Bo Moore.