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Kent Underhill Moore

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DORSET -- Kent Underhill Moore, 91, died peacefully Jan. 10, 2006, at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington.

He was born in Madison, Wisc., on Feb. 4, 1914, the son of William Underhill Moore and Henelia (Wilhelm).

He attended secondary school at Avon Old Farms, Conn. He received his A.B. in English literature from Yale College in 1937, his A.M. in philosophy from Columbia University in 1941 and his B.S. in library science from Columbia University in 1942. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942, where he served in New Guinea and earned the rank of staff sergeant until 1945.

Kent married Charlotte Russell on June 26, 1941, and was married for 56 years until her passing in 1997. He went to work at the Kenyon College Library in Ohio in 1946 as head cataloger until 1952. He then went on to serve as head of the cataloging department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1952 until his retirement in 1974. The Moores then made Dorset their year round home. After a brief time as a catalog librarian at UVM he served as head librarian at the Mark Skinner Library in Manchester from 1977 to 1982. He was a contributing writer of fiction and satire to the Vermont News Guide for many years. Kent enjoyed gardening, walking, tennis, rare books, jazz and classical music.

He is survived by his two sons, Kent Russell Moore of Pawlet and Peter Underhill Moore of Dorset. At the family’s request there will be no formal funeral services. The family would like to thank the caregivers that provided invaluable service to Kent over the years. He very much enjoyed their kindness and support.

Memorial donations may be made to the Mark Skinner Library, P.O. Box 438, Manchester Village, VT 05254. To send e-mail condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center, VT.
Published in Bennington Banner on Jan. 12, 2006
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