Dr. Keith L. Moore

Dr. Keith L. Moore
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Dr. Keith Moore has passed away.

Keith received BA, MSc and PhD degrees from Western University, carrying out his graduate thesis research under the mentorship of Dr. Murray Barr. Following a 2 year Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Cancer Institute of Canada, Keith took up a faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the University of Manitoba in 1956, where he eventually became Head of the Anatomy Department in 1965. In 1976, he was recruited to the University of Toronto as Professor and Chair of Anatomy in the Faculty of Medicine, and in 1985 was appointed as the Associate Dean of Basic Medical Sciences.

Truly an "Anatomy Legend", Keith has had a significant impact on anatomical medical education, not only at a national, but at an international level. He authored 16 anatomy books; namely Clinically Orientated Anatomy, The Developing Human and Before We Are Born. He published over 60 papers on his research based on his teaching and research, mainly in embryology and teratology. He retired in 1991 but remained active updating his books, attending anatomy meetings, and giving lectures worldwide. He was the recipient of two Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees, the first from Ohio State University in 2012 and the second from Western University in 2015.

Keith was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM), Fellow of the International Academy of Cytology (FIAC), and Fellow of the American Association of Anatomists (FAAA) and a member of the Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology (F1CAT) for 20 years. He received the Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award from the American Association of Anatomists; the J.C.B. Grant Award from the Canadian Association of Anatomists; Honoured Membership of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists; American Medical Writers Association Awards; British Medical Association Awards; R. Benton Adkins Jr. Distinguished Service Award. He also received The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal to mark the 60th anniversary of her Majesty's Queen Elizabeth 11 accession to the Throne.

In support of Anatomy & Cell Biology students at Western and his lifelong dedication to teaching and education, The Keith L. Moore Doctoral Award in Anatomy & Cell Biology is awarded each year to our top PhD student in recognition of special merit and achievement during their PhD thesis work.

Keith was predeceased by his wife of 57 years Marion and son Warren. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by his four daughters, their spouses and eight grandchildren, and well as all that knew him as a friend, mentor and colleague.