Beloved History Professor Earns Loyola Alumni Association’s Highest Honor

This fall, a beloved professor will receive the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association’s highest award. Dr. David Moore `67 has brought 40 years of scholarship and service to Loyola, including 30 years as chair of the history department, where he is the Rev. James J. Pillar, O.M.I, Distinguished Professor in History. Dr. Moore grew up on Loyola’s campus, where his father was also a member of the faculty, and graduated from Loyola in 1967. 

The Adjutor Hominum Award honors an outstanding graduate of Loyola whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education — namely moral character, service to humanity, and unquestionable integrity. Dr. Moore will accept this important honor at the Alumni Association’s Annual Jazz Brunch and Awards Ceremony, to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, during Wolf Pack Weekend. Tickets are available at alumni.loyno.edu/weekend.

“Dr. Moore is a humble and concerned leader who works selflessly to help others,” said Behrooz Moazami, Patrick G. O’Keefe Distinguished Professor of History and director of the Middle East Peace Studies program at Loyola. “A wise man with tremendous insights, he is one of the best products of Jesuit education and one of the best educators and individuals that I have come to know in my rather long experience of teaching.” 

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Moore received a bachelor of arts degree in history and political science from Loyola, then spent two years in Ethiopia with the Peace Corps and taught two years of high school before heading to the University of Maryland to complete a master of arts degree and a Ph.D. in American Studies. 

His areas of expertise are American culture and intellectual history in the late 19th and the 20th centuries, American Popular Culture, and Louisiana History. Recently, most of his research and writing has centered around Louisiana and New Orleans cultural and social history. 

Chair of the history department at Loyola since 1989, Dr. Moore received the College of Arts & Sciences’ Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 and the University Senate Award for Excellence in Community Service in 2004. In 2003, he received a Special Humanities Award from the Louisiana Endowment from the Humanities in 2003 and in 2009 won a three-year U.S. Department of Education grant titled “Teaching American History.”

Rev. Robert S. Gerlich, S.J., associate professor of European History, cited Dr. Moore as an “admirable colleague” and “valuable asset to the university.” Dr. Moore in turn cites the Jesuits for helping to shape his asking and answering important existential questions.

“The openness to the pursuit of truth and meaning that I identified with my experience of studying at a Jesuit university, the commitment to explore fully both or all sides of a question, not just the ‘accepted’ one, helped me better understand what I was reading in philosophy and religious studies, as well as in literature and history about the complexity of the world and of the human situation. It helped me grow, I hope, not just in knowledge, but in tolerance, understanding, and objectivity, as well.” 


Loyola University New Orleans is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of the picturesque Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans. For more than 100 years, Loyola has helped shape the lives of its students, as well as the history of the city and the world, through educating men and women in the Jesuit traditions of academic excellence and service to others. Loyola’s more than 40,000 graduates serve as catalysts for change in their communities as they exemplify the comprehensive, values-laden education received at Loyola.

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