Dr. Laurence D. Moore selected as 2011 Outstanding Alumnus
Dr. Laurence D. Moore was awarded the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society’s Outstanding Alumnus Award by Dean Bruce McPheron at a ceremony held at the Nittany Lion Inn on October 21, 2011. Dr. Moore was recognized for his academic accomplishments, for his service and continuing contributions in support of the discipline of Plant Pathology, and his demonstrated interest in student welfare and advocacy for minority groups. Dr. Moore received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from Penn State. He joined the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science (PPWS) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia, in April 1965. During his distinguished career at Virginia Tech, he was instrumental in establishing a program in physiology of pathogenesis and taught several courses in pathogenesis and in air pollution damage to plants. Over the course of his career, Dr. Moore served as advisor to 16 M.S. or Ph.D. students, and more than 120 publications resulted from his research program. Dr. Moore was active in the American Phytopathological Society (APS), chairing numerous committees, serving as President of the Potomac Division of APS, and as Editor of Phytopathology News. From 1985-1997 he served as head of his department, and in 1997 was named Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Co-Director of the Minority Academic Opportunities Program. He retired from Virginia Tech as Emeritus Professor in 2003.