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More than 300 people, mostly Evans Scholars Alumni, jammed the ballroom at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, on Oct. 10 to celebrate the life of longtime Western Golf Association executive Jim Moore.
Hundreds of WGA Directors, Evans Scholars Alumni, current Scholars, friends and family came to honor the man who, during his 47-year career with the WGA, came to personify all that is good about the Evans Scholars Foundation and its mission of allowing qualified worthy caddies to attend on full tuition and housing college scholarships.
Colorado Evans Scholar Alum and current WGA Director George Solich touched upon the effect Mr. Moore’s life had on the lives of thousands of his fellow Alumni and recalled when he first met Mr. Moore some 35 years ago.
“Jim Moore made us all feel like we would make the honor roll of life,” Solich said. “He made each and every one of us feel important and special, and he inspired us to work hard and be the best that we could be.
“That is the legacy that will continue to reverberate throughout the chapter houses at 15 universities across the country,” Solich said. “That is the legacy that will always be with the thousands of Evans Scholars Alumni, whose lives he touched. That is a legacy of uncommon proportions.”
Known for his ever-present smile and positive attitude, Mr. Moore, who died Aug. 12, personally touched the lives of many of those in attendance, as well as thousands more from across the country. In addition to presiding over their selection meeting interviews as high school students, Mr. Moore maintained relationships with Scholars during and after their college days.
“Jim was a pillar of our organization and the face of the Evans Scholars Foundation to thousands of young men and women over the past five decades,” said WGA Chairman Dennis O’Keefe. “Every day, he looked forward to coming to work, and his enthusiasm and passion were apparent to everyone.”
Mr. Moore’s family was represented by his daughter and granddaughter, Becky and Dolores Palmieri, who spoke of his devotion to family and his love of the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Jeff Harrison, WGA Senior Vice President of Education, was hired by Mr. Moore in 1989 and worked closely with him until his death. Harrison spoke about his mentor’s uncanny ability to remember the names of the thousands of people he met over the years.
“I soon realized why he was so good with names,” Harrison said. “He cared. He truly cared about people and took a personal interest in each of us.”
Harrison noted that Medinah was a fitting venue for the celebration, given that the club had not only served as the site for many Evans Scholars golf outings and selection meetings but was also where Mr. Moore notched his first hole-in-one.
“Yes, he was smiling after his ball went in,” said Harrison, who witnessed the shot.
Former WGA Chairman Rich Peterson, a close personal friend of Moore, also noted the deep personal interest Mr. Moore took in each Scholar.
“The Evans Scholars were his kids,” Peterson explained. “He followed his kids while they were in school and after graduation as their careers evolved. He did so with great interest and pride. He loved and admired the Program and the Scholars who benefitted from the Program who eventually became Alums. He admired the Directors who volunteered their time to the Program, and the thousands of financial donors who made it all possible. That was Jim Moore.”
- Barry Cronin