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Scholarship | 2006
Transcription Rayburn Moore (1920-2006)

Athens - Rayburn Sabatzky Moore, 85, of Athens, died
Saturday, February 18, 2006. The son of Sammie Lou
Rayburn Moore and Max Sabatzky Moore, he was born
May 26, 1920 in Helena, Arkansas. He is survived by his
wife of 58 years, Margaret Bear Moore; a daughter,
Elizabeth M. Kopcinski, of Fayetteville, Arkansas; a son,
Robert R. Moore, of Hartford, Arkansas; and
grandchildren.
In 1942 he received the A. B. degree from Vanderbilt
University. He was a member of Blue Key, Phi Beta Kappa,
and the Sigma Chi Fraternity. After serving as a captain in
the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to
Vanderbilt and received the M.A. degree in 1947. He
received the Ph.D degree from Duke University in 1956,
specializing in American and Southern literature.
From the faculty of Hendrix College he joined the English
Department of the University of Georgia in 1959. In 1990
upon his retirement as Professor he was designated
Professor Emeritus.
His career at the University of Georgia was marked by
service in a variety of areas. He chaired the American
Studies Program, was the English Department graduate
coordinator, and chaired the Division of Language and
Literature. He was a member of the editorial board of the
University of Georgia Press and served as chair of the
editorial board of the Georgia Review. He directed 19
doctoral dissertations and 36 M.A. theses. In 2000
the South Atlantic Region of the Modern Language
Association recognized his contributions by giving him the
John Hurt Fisher Award, which honors scholars for
distinguished service to the profession.
As ;an endorsement of his scholarship he became a senior
editor of History of Southern Literature, the standard work
on its subject.
He participated fully in the life of First Presbyterian
Church, ranging from being ordained an elder in 1979 to
assisting in the Sunday morning nursery. His 45 years of
service in the nursery as the first man to do so was
terminated in October by his illness. He also was a
member of the chancel choir for 25 years and for many
years led the Church School singing by 4 to 7 year olds.
He was a founding member of the Simms Society.

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