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Dr. Eric G. Moore

Professor Emeritus

Department of Geography and Planning

In Memoriam

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The Queen’s community is remembering Professor Emeritus Eric Moore, a long-time member of the Department of Geography and Planning and former associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies, who died March 10, 2023, at the age of 83.

Growing up in England, Dr. Moore earned a B.A. (Hons) from Cambridge University in 1962 and in 1966 received a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in Australia.

Dr. Moore began his academic career at Northwestern University. By the time he arrived at Queen’s in 1973, Dr. Moore had already established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on residential mobility and the application of statistical models in human geography. Together with other recent arrivals Maurice Yeates, Brian Osborne, Peter Goheen, Rowland Tinline, and Barry Riddell, Dr. Moore and his colleagues quickly established the Department of Geography as one of the top programs in Canada and internationally. Dr. Moore served as department head from 1989-1992, before a term as the associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies from 1993-2001.

For most of his career, the focus of Dr. Moore’s research was on the geography of population and its implications for public policy concerns. In its early stages this work involved residential mobility and housing adjustments. Later, Dr. Moore’s research shifted to ways in which the Canadian population ages in different geographic environments in Canada, and the implications for the delivery of health and social services.  

As a professor, Dr. Moore inspired generations of graduate students to go beyond what many of them believed they might achieve. Many of his former students became academics in major universities in Canada, the United States, and internationally. Other graduate students went on to highly successful careers, playing leadership roles in their universities and the public and private sectors. Dr. Moore will be remembered not only for his academic achievements, but also for how much he cared about his colleagues, students, and staff, and their welfare.

Dr. Mark Rosenberg
Professor Emeritus
Geography and Planning, Queen's University