Samuel Moore

1913 - 2013

Dr. Samuel Turner Moore III, 100, Oklahoma City, died peacefully on Friday, December 28, 2013, at his home. Dr. Moore was born on March 30, 1913, in Fulton, Mo., to Samuel Turner Moore II and Mary Merle McMahan Moore. He was an avid naturalist and achieved an Eagle Scout ranking with the Boy Scouts of America in 1929. A bird watching enthusiast, he also compiled a life list of over 1000 species of birds on his travels to over 100 countries. Dr. Moore attended the University of Oklahoma and married Elisabeth Sims Moore in 1937. Dr. Moore graduated from OU's School of Medicine in 1938. After completing his residencies in Washington, D.C., and Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moore served as a Captain and Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII from 1942-1945. He was overseas for 27 months serving on fronts in Africa, Europe and Asia. His time overseas was chronicled in his memoir, Flight Surgeon. Dr. Moore opened a private orthopedic surgery practice in 1945. He was on staff at six Oklahoma City area hospitals, held teaching appointments at the University of Oklahoma and remained in active practice until 1991. In 1997, Dr. Moore married Helen Galloway. Throughout his life and career, Dr. Moore was active in the local community and completed medical missions in Jordan, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. He was a long-term member and former president of the OU Medical Alumni, Oklahoma City Audubon and the Oklahoma Orchid Societies. His love for wildlife and nature deepened as a board member at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Dr. Moore is survived by daughter, Carol Ann; granddaughter, Eleanor; grandson, Nate; niece, Mary Ballenger, and her children, John, George, and Sally. His only son, David predeceased him (1946-2012). A memorial service will be Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at 1:00 p.m., at First Christian Church, 3600 N. Walker, Oklahoma City. In lieu of gifts or flowers, donations may be made to Christian Veterinary Mission at Please share your memories and condolences with Dr. Moore's family by going to his online memorial: