Berkley L. Moore
Berkley L. Moore passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2018. Berkley was an engineer at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for many years. An ordained Unitarian-Universalist minister, he was an active member of the Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation in Springfield.
Berkley was known for his instinctive curiosity, his scholarship, and a breadth of knowledge across a vast range of subjects, from history to genetics to religion and particularly music, with deep interest in classical, jazz and traditional folk music.
Berkley was a dedicated member of the Illinois shape-note singing community. He was an expert on folk hymnology, especially ecclesiastical and folk music, and he shared his enthusiasm and knowledge on this subject with many in Illinois and across the country.
He was the author of several hymns, a dedicated father and a traveler who enjoyed many destinations around the world, accompanied by his sons.
A longtime resident of Springfield, Berkley was born in Youngstown, Ohio to James Berkley Moore and Lillian V. B. Moore (Lundgren). His sister Hildalee Culp of Youngstown preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed by James Moore of Minneapolis and Erik Moore of Arlington, MA, sons from a previous marriage with Kathryn (Holland) VanBuskirk as well as by Barbara Moore of Springfield. Additionally, surviving relations include Kenneth Culp of Houston; Carl and Tina Culp of Girard, Ohio, and Jon and Lillian (Culp) Williamson of Youngstown, Ohio, their families and many others.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Berkley’s Life at 2 pm, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation, 745 Woodside Road with Reverend Martin Woulfe officiating. A reception will follow at ALUUC.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Organization, https://fasola.org/shmha/ or Abraham Lincoln UU Congregation.