Claude Moore was raised on a farm near Cullman, Alabama, and knew from an early age that he wanted to work with poultry. With guidance from his vocational agriculture teacher and a $50 scholarship from Sears, Roebuck & Co., Moore attended Alabama Polytechnic Institute, graduating with a degree in agricultural science in 1947.
Moore then earned a master’s degree from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from Purdue University. He returned to Auburn in 1956 as an associate professor in poultry science. In 1959, Moore was promoted to department head, a position he held for 27 years before becoming the College of Agriculture’s interim dean for research.
Moore, a geneticist, was a leader in the developing Alabama poultry industry. Listening to industry needs and applying research to those needs was a significant part of his work. Moore found and continually hired excellent faculty and staff who made strides in growing the poultry industry. Under his leadership, Auburn continued to attract outstanding students and staff and constructed the modern poultry research farm on the south side of campus, which was displayed at the 1976 Poultry Science Association meeting in Auburn.
Moore believed in and successfully grew an industry and department fueled by team efforts. He genuinely cared about those he taught, mentored and with whom he interacted. During his later years as department head, he returned to the classroom and taught introduction to poultry science, a course that appealed to students on and beyond Ag Hill. Moore was also instrumental in bringing international students to Auburn’s College of Agriculture.
In 1980, Moore was elected president of the Poultry Science Association, an international association for poultry scientists, and was only the second Auburn faculty member to hold the distinguished office. However, it was his induction into the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998 he valued the most because of its role in making poultry one of the most important agricultural entities in Alabama.
Moore retired from Auburn in 1989, after which he continued his involvement with the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, Auburn First Baptist Church and Auburn football and basketball. Through his travels, he also saw agriculture in many other countries.
Moore and his wife, Mary Virginia, had five children, Marianne, Elizabeth, David, Bill and Ginger, 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Moore passed away in 2008.