Michael Moohr


Michael MoohrFor 35 years Michael Moohr was as an economics professor at Bucknell, and he was a former chair of the department. But perhaps his greatest contribution to the University was as an academic adviser. Hundreds of students benefited from his wide range of interests and expertise, which included the economics of art and architecture. Typically, an economics faculty member averages 25 advisees, but Moohr had 150. He also was a faculty adviser to the Pi Beta Phi sorority; the Real Estate Club, which he was instrumental in founding; as well as a co-director of the Bucknell in Barbados program.

His students never doubted the force of his intellectual passion even as he urged them to explore the world outside the classroom. Moohr was a mentor in word and deed. As consultant to the Ford Foundation, he evaluated a number of the foundation's initiatives in Africa, India and China.

As a teacher, he was "exceedingly popular among students interested in economics and economic history," Moohr's colleagues in the economics department remember. "His courses consistently filled to beyond capacity, and his best students would return semester after semester." The connection to his students remained strong, in many cases, even after graduation. "His dedication to his students was undeniably the driving force behind Michael's long and distinguished career as a mentor and educator at Bucknell," say his colleagues. Moohr received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1983.


Dr. Moohr was the consummate professional. He never EVER imparted his own political view during his lectures. He encouraged me to take 3 of his classes, and I am in debt for that. In addition, after my parents moved to Lewisburg to retire in 1992, he made sure that whenever he saw my parents at a football or basketball game, he always asked how I was doing. A gentleman, a scholar, and a friend, he will be missed greatly.
Posted by John Lamendola at 12:30:27 AM on 4/22/2011

One of my favories; he was taken from us too soon. I'll always rememeber his guidance and how much I enjoyed his classroom.
Posted by Mark Ciriello '99 at 1:09:13 PM on 4/21/2011

As an economics major at Bucknell, I struggled with the required Microeconomics class that I took second semester my sophomore year. Professor Moohr was always available for assistance and was always encouraging. We talked often about my visits to India and I know my parents loved meeting him when they came to visit. His class was not easy but he made it fun and he will be missed.
Posted by Raj Thangavelu at 11:15:03 AM on 4/21/2011

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