Dade William Moeller

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NEW BERN - Dade William Moeller passed away peacefully at home from complications due to malignant lymphoma on September 26, 2011. Dade enjoyed 84 years of vitality, learning, teaching, love, and laughter.

Born in 1927 in the town of Grant, Florida, located on the intracoastal waterway, Dade came from humble beginnings where he learned the value of hard work and ingenuity. The only person from his high school to pass the V-12 Navy exam, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1944. He graduated magna cum laude from Georgia Tech in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

After graduating, Dade became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service, with duty stations including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. Then, in 1957, under sponsorship from the Public Health Service, Dade earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nuclear Engineering from the North Carolina State University. He began teaching radiation protection courses at the U.S. Public Health Service's Radiological Health Training Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1959 he joined the Health Physics Society. Dade became a Certified Health Physicist and a Certified Environmental Engineer, and in 1961, at only 34 years of age, became the Officer in Charge at the Northeastern Radiological Health Laboratory in Winchester, Massachusetts, where workers studied the radioactive fallout from weapons testing and monitored children's thyroids for the uptake of radioactive iodine. He retired from the Public Health Service in 1966.

Dade then joined the Harvard University School of Public Health, in Boston, Massachusetts where for his tenure of 26 years, he served in several roles, including Professor of Engineering in Environmental Health, Associate Director of the Kresge Center for Environmental Health, Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and Associate Dean for Continuing Education. With a special knack for connecting with his students who came to Harvard from around the world, Dade was the perennial winner of the student-elected "Golden Apple" faculty award at Harvard. His textbook, Environmental Health, the fourth edition having been published just this year, is the favorite textbook in use nationwide at graduate schools of public health. He proudly held the title of Professor Emeritus at Harvard from his retirement until his death.

During his busy tenure at Harvard, Dade maintained a full load of extracurricular activities, all aimed at ensuring the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment from the hazards of ionizing radiation. He was very active in the Health Physics Society, becoming its president in 1971. He also served on and chaired many committees for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Council of Radiological Protection and Measurements, International Commission of Radiological Protection, National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Environmental Engineers. Dade was a consultant for the World Health Organization for over 15 years, and from 1988 to 1993, he was the founding Chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's congressionally mandated Advisory Committee on Nuclear Waste.

Throughout his life, Dade earned numerous awards and appointments including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Meritorious Achievement Award (1988), Distinguished Emeritus Member of the National Council on Radiological Protection and Measurements (1997), Georgia Institute of Technology Engineering Hall of Fame (1999), North Carolina State University Engineering Alumnus of the Year (2001), Health Physics Society Robley D. Evans Commemorative Medal (2003), American Academy of Health Physics William McAdams Outstanding Service Award (2005), and Harvard University School of Public Health's Professor Emeritus Award of Merit (2006). He was a Fellow of the Health Physics Society (1968), National Academy of Engineering (1978), American Public Health Association (1988), and the American Nuclear Society (1988). During his career, Dade was the author of over 200 scientific publications which appeared in peer reviewed journals.

In 1993, following his retirement from Harvard, Dade and his son Matt (a 1984 graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health) founded the environmental consulting company proudly bearing his name, Dade Moeller & Associates, and in 1994 established its headquarters near the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, Washington. Today, the company has offices in nine locations around the United States and over 300 employees, including more Certified Health Physics scientists than any other company in America.

Personally, Dade will be remembered as a father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He was married to Betty Jean Radford of Decatur, Georgia in 1949 until her death from cancer in 1998. Jeanie, as Dade would call her, was everything to him and together they formed an incredible team. He was a longtime member and Elder in the Presbyterian Church, USA, actively participating in many capacities at the First Presbyterian Church in New Bern where he was as comfortable delivering his frequent children's sermons as he was lecturing in front of the Queen of Thailand (which he did in 1989). He was a remarkable man, who carried himself far beyond all expectations except his own.

Survivors include his son, G. Radford Moeller, MD (Wendy P. Moeller, MD) of New Bern, NC and granddaughters Carrie Moeller of Falls Church, Va. and Chandler Moeller of Wilmington, NC and grandsons Thayer Moeller of San Francisco, Calif. and Cameron Moeller of Auckland, New Zealand; his son, Mark B. Moeller, MD (Melissa Evans Moeller) of Jacksonville, NC and grandsons Peter Moeller of New Bern, NC, Benjamin Moeller of Raleigh, NC and Brooks Moeller of Mobile, Alabama, and step-grandchildren, Jasmine Evans, Shana Evans, and Canaan Evans of Jacksonville, NC; his son W. Kehne Moeller, MD (Cheryl Moeller) of Snellville, Georgia and granddaughters Allison Moeller of Brooklyn, NY and Taylor Moeller of Atlanta, Georgia, grandsons Christopher Moeller of Atlanta, Georgia and Nicholas Moeller of Nashville, Tennessee; his son Matthew P. Moeller (Catherine Montgomery Moeller) of Richland, Washington and Albemarle, NC, and granddaughters Katie Moeller of Seattle, Washington and Kelly Moeller of Tucson, Arizona; and his daughter, E. Anne Krouse (Eric Krouse) and granddaughters Amelia and Madison Krouse and grandson Jordan Krouse, of Manlius, NY; brothers Robert L. Moeller (Louise Moeller) of Columbia, SC and John Moeller (Mary Moeller) of Knoxville, Tennessee and Ken Moeller (Winona Moeller) of Winchester, Massachusetts.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held Saturday, October 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church-New Bern, NC. The family will greet friends in the Session House after the service.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church-New Bern, Building Fund, PO Box 1069, New Bern, NC 28563 or L. Ashley Stroud Inpatient Hospice Unit, CarolinaEast Medical Center Foundation, PO Box 1576, New Bern, NC, 28563 or Health Physics Society Dade Moeller Fund, Attn: Brett Burk, 1313 Dolly Madison Blvd, Suite 402, McLean, Va. 22101.

Published in Sun Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5, 2011
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