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1955-1965 Philip Moore

Dr. Philip Moore study an x-ray of patient during "rounds" at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital. Photo: Alaska State Library, Historical Collections

Sitka

Philip Hance Moore was born on February 28, 1904 on a farm near Fall City, Washington. The son of Ben and Justina Moore. More graduated as valedictorian from Fall City High School in 1922. In 1922 he enlisted and served with the United States Marine Corps until honorably discharged at the end of the three year enlistment in 1925.

In 1925-1929 Moore went to the University of Washington, initially an Electrical Engineering, but transferred to Pre-Med at the University of Oregon. He graduated with a B.S. in 1930 from the University of Oregon. In 1933 graduated with a M.S. from the University of Oregon Medical School in Physiology and with his M.D. in 1934. Started his General and orthopedic surgery in 1935 at the University of Oregon Medical School. Moore became an activey duty medical officer for the U.S. Navy in 1942-1946, as well as Chief Surgeon in Greely, Colorado.

Dr. Moore came to Alaska in 1947 and served for the next nine years as an orthopedic surgeon for the Alaska Department of Health in Mt. Edgecumbe in Sitka. During his time as Orthopedic surgeon, he waged a personal fight against tuberculosis among Alaska Natives and his work led to the virtual elimination of the disease in Arctic villages. In 1956 he became chief of surgery for the Sitka Community Hospital and a consultant to the Ketchikan General Hospital.

In 1955 Moore was appointed to the University of Alaska's Board of Regents to complete Walter Stuart's term and served his own term which ended in 1965. William Whitehead was appointed to take his place on the Board.

Dr. Moore received an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the University of Alaska in 1967 for his advancement of medicine in Alaska.

Dr. Moore continued private practice in Sitka as an orthopedic surgeon until 1970.

On June 27, 1990 Dr. Philip Moore died in Sequim, Washington. He was 86 years old.


Dr. Philip Moore is also mentioned in this article

UA Honorary Degree Recipient (1967)

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