Thomas W. Moore Jr., a retired defense attorney, died on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was 75.
He was born on Jan. 13, 1944, in Philadelphia to the late Thomas and Geraldine Moore. He was the second of six children.
He was affectionately known as Tommy to family and friends. His family said he was a fun-loving young man with a big smile and a quick wit.
A lover of books from an early age, he was an exceptionally gifted student. He excelled throughout his education in the Philadelphia public schools and was awarded a four-year college scholarship by the Sears Roebuck Foundation, one of only 13 high school students and the only African American selected from the city’s public and diocesan school systems.
Moore served in the U.S. Air Force in Panama and returned home to earn his bachelor’s degree from Temple University. After distinguishing himself at Temple, he traveled to the Midwest to accept another academic scholarship, earning both a master’s of public administration and a law degree from the University of Illinois.
While pursuing his studies at Illinois, Moore accepted an appointment as human relations officer for the City of Champaign-Urbana. He was the first African American to hold the position. In this role he enforced equal employment opportunity laws and opened new doors for minorities through fair hiring and promotion practices throughout local government.
After graduating from law school, Moore returned to Philadelphia to practice law. For the next 20 years he worked to earn a reputation as one of the city’s most effective, respected and sought-after defense attorneys. After retiring from practice, Moore spent his time enjoying his family and friends, playing games, taking the occasional fishing trip and in the company of his treasured book collection.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ronald and Gerald.
He is survived by: his children, Thomas III, Phillip, Vincent and Dominique; siblings, Adrienne (Ronald), Bruce and Janelle (Umar); sisters-in-law, Vernell and Patricia; grandchildren, Jada and baby Mulan; longtime companion, Diane; and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held June 7 at 3 p.m. at Terry Funeral Home Chapel, 4203-05 Haverford Ave. Burial is private.