The Northumberland Association for Progressive Stewardship (NAPS) has selected Jack Moore to receive the 2018 Northumberland Distinguished Citizen Award. The formal presentation will occur at the NAPS annual Fall Social, rescheduled for Sun. Nov. 4, at the Bay Quarter Shores Community Clubhouse, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Moore’s contributions to Northumberland County include his leadership restoring and preserving the two historically significant one-room Shiloh School buildings on Balls Neck which had provided public education to local students for 45 years. The original 1884 schoolhouse was replaced by a larger structure in 1906. The 1906 school is a registered National and Virginia Landmark. Moore is President of the non-profit Northumberland Preservation, Inc (NPI) which owns the properties.
Moore has also been involved in other community activities. In 2016, he and his wife Susan received Rappahannock Community College’s annual Chancellor’s Award. He served on the founding Board of the Northern Neck Land Conservancy, is on Wicomico Parish Church’s Vestry, and is a long-standing supporter of the Northumberland YMCA, the Northumberland Library, and NAPS.
Moore has several degrees from Michigan State University, including a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. His professional career included chemical research at the National Institutes of Health. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Moore headed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program regulating pesticides and industrial chemicals.
“From childhood I was taught to respect our nation’s history and to care for the natural environment. Preserving the Shiloh schools was a natural thing for me to do,” he said. “The next step is encouraging the community to use the building and grounds.” NPI sponsors events on the site. but private meetings and family events are also welcome. A separate structure houses a bathroom and kitchenette. Assisted by the Northern Neck Native Plant Society, a native plant garden now showcases local flowers and shrubs which are tolerant of our climate and support butterflies, bees and other pollinators. More information on the Shiloh schools is available at northumberland-preservation.org.
Jack and Susan Moore have lived on Sandy Point in Wicomico Church for the past 26 years.
The Northumberland Distinguished Citizen Award is presented by NAPS each year to honor an individual, team, organization, or business in the county that advances one or more of the goals of NAPS:
Improving the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries
Fostering and preserving the county’s rural atmosphere; Promoting and monitoring land use policies
Encouraging economic growth to promote jobs
Cooperating with others through educational programs to target these goals.
Previous awardees include Bill Estell (2017), Bob Parker (2016), Lee Allain (2015), Sue Lindsey (2014), Jane Towner (2013), Dr. Gregory Haugan (2012) and Myrtle Phillips (2011). The award has also been given to groups in the past, including the county’s Volunteer Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, and Reedville Fishermen’s Museum. A complete list of past awardees can be found at napsva.org/awards-and-grants.