|Stephen H. Good|
Dear Tristan Davies,
It was a very real thrill when the Drury magazine arrived with the photo of my father's camera on the cover and all of the marvelous pictures he took while a student at Drury on the inside.
A few years ago I realized that photography of Carl Moore had real historical value for Drury and decided to donate his photo album and honorary doctoral hood. He loved Drury and served on the Board of Trustees many years. I was also a student at Drury in 1950-51 until transferring to Northwestern University.
He grew up in Springfield, a member of the large family of eight children. His mother, Sarah Harris Moore, owned the Crescent Hotel at 414 E. Walnut, which is now a vacant lot near the Lohmeyer Funeral Home. The original family farm home was the property which has been given to Springfield and is known as the Edna Norris Park on Moore Road. It was there that his father, Jonathon Newton Moore, developed the Jonathon apple.
Perhaps his interest in biology and genetics started there. it certainly was further developed while at Drury College. During his productive lifetime he carried many responsibilities, including chairman of the Zoology Department of the University of Chicago from1934 until he died in 1955. He was a tremendous speaker and the lecture halls were filled when he spoke. His students looked up to him and their relationships were close.
He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and was known the world over.
It was a shame that this brilliant scientist was also a continuous pipe smoker. His cancer started on the nasal septum and progressed from there throughout his body and he died far too young. Perhaps knowing this will keep one person away from smoking!
Thank you for sharing the life and work of this amazing scientist with Drury alumni, faculty and students and for sending me extra copies to share with our family members.
Ellen Moore Poulson
I usually enjoy writing. Not, however, when I am obliged to write about the death of a friend. Stephen H. Good, Ph.D., who spent 21 years at Drury as dean of the college, vice president for academic affairs and provost, died peacefully in February, ending a five-year pas-de-deux with cancer. I miss him every day.
As I learn more about the legacy Steve left, I am increasingly struck by how his impact was felt in every nook of this growing, not-quite-sprawling institution. As I read and listen to people's memories of Steve, I see many experienced the same thing I did when talking with Steve: a man who approached questions with careful, attentive listening; thought; and focused, constructive suggestions that helped advance a discussion or resolve an issue. It was thrilling to experience this powerful intellect which spoke in plain language without ego or arrogance.
My first inclination was to make this issue of Drury magazine a collection of tributes to Steve. But that seemed not just depressing, but wrong. Steve was all about moving Drury forward, seeing a new future and trying to help everyone reach it.
It made more sense, therefore, to touch on several different areas in this issue of the magazine. We do stop to remember Steve, incorporating personal memories from many corners of the Drury community and photos from the Good family.
But this issue also explores a couple of programs about which Steve was passionate. Recent years have produced a revitalized Convocation program which contributes to a more focused academic atmosphere on campus. And in only its fourth year, Drury's women's basketball team played in the 2004 NCAA Division II national championship game, at the same time demonstrating the poise, intelligence and character that are hallmarks of Drury student athletes.
We will not leave Steve's legacy behind. It will be a foundation stone, a cornerstone and a touchstone for the Drury we are still building together.