Louise Lane Moore


May 29th, 1898




Adelphi University

Bibliographical Information

Known as a "demon for work" and for her business-like approach and analytical thinking, Louise Lane Moore (pictured right, above) can be matched by few Phi Mus for both length and breadth of service to the Fraternity.

Born in 1898 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Louise graduated from Adelphi College in 1919 with a degree in English. Louise was initiated into Psi Chapter in 1916 and became the chapter president. Even as an undergraduate, Louise was working on the national level, reading proof of The Aglaia for the Editor, Margaret Kissam Swan (a Psi alumna), and assisting Leah Sturdevant (another Psi alumna) in her work as National Secretary. Attending her first convention in 1919, Louise was appointed to the Secret Works Board (1919-1921) and then the Endowment Board (1921-1923).

Louise worked for six years in the engineering department of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company doing research and statistical work. She married Harry A. Moore on April 3, 1925 and moved to Boston with him, where she started the Boston Alumnae Chapter. Louise was chosen as Convention Manager for the 1929 National Convention and the 1950 National Convention. She was elected District IV President in 1929 and again in 1938 as well as serving on the Extension Board (1931-1934), as Scholarship Director (1933-1936), as Examinations Board Chairman/Fraternity Education Chairman from 1933-1936 and again from 1940-1943, and as a member of the Finance Board from 1948-1954 (1950-1954 as the Board president).

Louise first served on the National Council in 1954 when she was appointed to take the place of the newly elected Alumnae Vice President, Annie Laurie Ellis Horsfall, who was forced to resign due to illness. Louise finished that term and was elected to a second term in 1956. After serving as Alumnae Vice President for eight years, Louise was elected National President at the National Convention in 1958. She would serve as National President for two terms (1958-1962) during a time of increased expansion for the Fraternity. Rather than retire from national work after her tenure as National President, Louise instead served as Executive Administrator for the new President. In 1968, Louise became President of the Phi Mu Foundation, a position she held for three terms (1968-1974).

At the 1988 National Convention, at the age of 90, Louise was named Outstanding Alumnae Member for Contributions to Phi Mu. The Phi Mu Foundation offers a scholarship in Louise Lane Moore's name each year to an undergraduate member in a New England or New York chapter. Louise Lane Moore passed away on September 9, 1998, just months after her 100th birthday.


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