Dr. B.P.L. (Paddy) Moore

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MOORE, DR. B.P.L. (Paddy) - D.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P., F.R.C. Path. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 18, 1919, died in Napanee, Ontario on December 5, 2011. Dr. Paddy Moore was the youngest son of Dr. R.L. Moore and Frances (Gill). He graduated in medicine from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1942. After graduation, he practiced in England for two years and in 1944, was appointed Junior Research Assistant to Sir Almroth Wright at what is now the Wright-Fleming Institute of St. Mary's Hospital in London, England. At the time, the Institute was the world's leading centre for bacteriologists and the development of vaccine therapy. Following a period as Clinical Pathologist at the Mater Infirmorum Hospital in Belfast, Dr. Moore immigrated to Canada in November 1948 to become the Canadian Blood Transfusion Service's Assistant Medical Director at the Vancouver Depot. In 1955, he was appointed as the first National Director of the Red Cross' Blood Group Reference Laboratory in Toronto. In this position, Dr. Moore was instrumental in introducing the latest laboratory routines across the country, including automated testing of blood donations, automated quantification of blood group antibodies and the first tests for hepatitus B antigens. What started as a serology lab with a staff of six became a leading-edge blood science laboratory with a staff of over 50 scientists and technologists at the time of his retirement in 1984. Dr. Moore remained a consultant in blood group serology to the Toronto Blood Centre until 1992. He was the author of over 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and wrote or co-edited seven editions of the first Canadian text on laboratory aspects of transfusion medicine as well as chapters in other textbooks. Paddy was the first Canadian to receive the Grove-Rasmussen Memorial Award of the American Association of Blood Banks in 1987. He was also the first recipient of the Canadian Red Cross Bruce Chown Memorial Award in Transfusion Medicine in 1988. In 1996, he received the Ortho Award of the Canadian Society of Transfusion Medicine. He also received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 1994. Paddy was predeceased in 2010 by his wife of 63 years Sorca Maire Moore and is survived by his children John, Anne (Steve Pengelly), Stella (Dennis Lee), Eileen (John Rapski) and Kieran (Debbie), grandchildren Patrick, Robert, Michael, Connor, Liam, Ryan and Drew, sisters-in-law Eily and Stella, brother-in-law Kieran and nieces and nephews located in many places around the globe. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Dr. Sloan and the staff at the John Parrott Centre in Napanee for the exceptional care they provided for Paddy. A private service will occur at St. Linus Church in Bath. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Lennox and Addington Hospital Foundation or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated. Arrangments entrusted to the Gordon F. Tompkins Funeral Homes, 435 Davis Drive, Kingston, Ontario, 613-546-5150.

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Published in the Toronto Star on Dec. 7, 2011