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Moore, Mary Ellen, 1919-1998



  • Existence: 1919-1998

Mary Ellen Moore was born Mary Ellen Hendryx in Center Point, Iowa, on August 30, 1919, to Marie Sarchett Hendryx and A. L. "Andy" Hendryx. Hendryx attended Benjamin Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. From 1936-37, Hendryx attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After graduating from the Paris Beauty Academy, Hendryx was a cosmetologist in Iowa City and Davenport, Iowa from 1938-42. Hendryx met her future husband Kenneth C. Moore in Davenport. The couple was married on September 24, 1942. Moore went with her husband to California, where she worked at the Victorville Air Force Supply while her husband served in World War II from 1942-45.

Following the war, the Moores returned to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where in October 1945, Moore gave birth to twins, James A. and Susan J. Moore, becoming a fulltime housewife until 1951. From 1951-57, Moore worked as a typist and comptometrist for McGladrey, Hansen, Dunn & Company, an auditing firm in Cedar Rapids. She returned to Coe College in 1954, graduating cum laude in 1957. Moore's husband died in February 1957. Moore began teaching at Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa in the fall of 1957, where she remained until her retirement in 1981. While teaching at Iowa City High School, Moore earned her M.A. in English Education from the University of Iowa in 1962. Moore was a committed teacher who was particularly concerned about education for "the poor student and the superior student." She was an advocate of the Iowa Advanced Standing Program in English, minority literature and interdepartmental teaching methods. Moore died February 15, 1998.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Janie Yates-Glandorf papers

Identifier: IWA0337
Abstract Iowa City high school drama and English teacher.
Dates: 1943-2005

Mary Ellen Moore papers

Identifier: IWA0651
Abstract High school English teacher from Iowa City.
Dates: 1933-1997