Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl

MOORE, HARRY ESTILL (1897–1966). Harry Estill Moore, professor and sociologist, was born in Bethany, Louisiana, on January 4, 1897, the son of James Francis and Mary Ellen (Pace) Moore. He worked on a newspaper in Shreveport after graduating from high school and later volunteered for service in World War I. In 1920 he entered the University of Texas. While working toward his degree, he wrote for the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Evening News. He married Bernice Ted Milburn on November 27, 1924; they had no children.

Moore graduated from the University of Texas with a B.J. degree in 1927 and an M.A. degree in 1934; he earned a Ph.D. degree in 1937 at the University of North Carolina. He returned that year to the University of Texas as assistant professor of sociology and became full professor in 1955. From 1950 to 1955 he also served as coordinator of the Southwestern Cooperative Program in Educational Administration. Moore coauthored American Regionalism (1938) with Howard W. Odum and An Introduction to Sociology (1940) with Ernest R. Groves. Later in his career, he specialized in disaster studies, particularly on the aftermaths of tornadoes and hurricanes. His publications included Tornadoes over Texas (1958), Attitudes and Knowledge Concerning Fall-Out Shelter in Austin, Texas (with Marvin Layman and Donald Mischer, 1962), Before the Wind (1963), And the Winds Blew (1964), and numerous contributions to sociological journals. In the mid-1960s he completed a content analysis of the coverage given by selected newspapers to the assassination of John F. Kennedy (see KENNEDY, JOHN F., ASSASSINATION OF).

Moore served as editor of the Southwestern Social Science Quarterly (see SOCIAL SCIENCE QUARTERLY) from 1956 to 1966. He was a Democrat and a member of several professional organizations. He died in an Austin hospital on July 19, 1966, and was buried at Austin Memorial Park.


Austin American, July 20, 1966. Contemporary Authors. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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