In Memoriam: Dr. Keith L. Moore

By Anne Agur and Art Dalley

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Keith Moore.

Keith has had a significant impact on anatomical medical education, not only at a national, but also at an international level. Dr. Moore authored 16 anatomy books, namely Clinically Orientated Anatomy, The Developing Human, and Before We Are Born. He published more than 60 papers, 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 Dr. of Science Degrees, the first from The 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 for Anatomy (FAAA), as well as a member of the Federative International Committee on Anatomical Terminology (FICAT) for 20 years.

Keith was a recipient of the Henry Gray/Elsevier Distinguished Educator Award from the AAA, 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, and 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 II accession to the throne.

He 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.

Keith was truly an “Anatomy Legend” and will be missed by all.

Dr. Dalley spoke with Dr. Moore as part of our Living History series in 2010.

Dr. Moore’s obituary was published in the Toronto Star.