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$9.5 Million Gift from MNU Alumnus is Largest Ever

Edgar and Maron Moore
Accent Summer 2016 Magazine

 

MNU will receive an estimated $9.5 million from the estate of Edgar (’72) and his wife Maron (Lorimer) Moore, this year. This is the largest-ever, one-time gift received by the university. MNU’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was posthumously presented to the Moores at President’s Honors in recognition of the enormous impact their generosity will have on the future of the university. 

Edgar and Maron grew up on farms outside Olathe in the 1920s. Graduating from high school during the Great Depression and desperately wanting to attend college, Edgar did not have the financial resources to pursue his dream. 

Over the years, Edgar’s career in farming and agriculture prospered. Along the way, he took night courses from the University of Kansas until he learned MidAmerica Nazarene College would make its home in Olathe. 

In 1968, through the influence of MANC Founding President, Dr. R. Curtis Smith, and Academic Dean, Donald Metz, a 58-year-old Edgar enrolled as the oldest member of the Pioneer class. In 1972, Edgar graduated from MANC, achieving the goal he had pursued for nearly 42 years. Moore was honored at his graduation with a specially-bound collection of congratulatory letters, including letters from the White House and the Kansas Govenor. 

A year later, he was elected State Representative for the 26th District in the Kansas Legislature, where he served for the next 12 years.

Edgar married childhood friend and neighbor Maron Lorimer when he was 68 and she was 63. It was the first marriage for each of them. 

By this point in her life, Maron was wrapping up a career in education as an accomplished teacher and administrator. In 1947, she was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Home Economics Association. Having taught family and consumer science in the Wyandotte Public School system for most of her career, she later oversaw all consumer science departments for the district.

After marrying Edgar, Maron remained active in a wide variety of civic, charitable and social organizations. During this period in their married life, having observed the needs of troubled youth and broken families, the Moores became convinced they needed to help solve the challenges of future generations by investing in youth and education.

Together they donated more than
$1 million to Kansas 4-H and to the Clovia Scholarship House at Kansas State University. After Edgar’s death in 1991, Maron continued their philanthropy with significant contributions to various local projects and organizations including:

• Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm

• Olathe—The City Beautiful film series

• Cross Lines Community Outreach

• Johnson County Administration Building clock tower and chimes

• Johnson County Community College buildings and scholarships

One of the most significant charitable provisions of their lives was quietly arranged a year before Edgar’s passing. As an expression of appreciation for the impact MidAmerica Nazarene College had on Edgar’s life and with the conviction that a Christian education could help transform future generations, the Moores made provisions in their estate plans for MNU.

MNU President David Spittal has expressed his gratitude for this commitment from the Moores. 

“I’m humbled by the tremendous sacrifice and investment that Edgar and Maron Moore have made,” Spittal says. “On the eve of our 50th anniversary as a university, the Moores have ensured that MNU’s future is brighter than ever.”

Perhaps Edgar’s words in a newspaper article written following the death of Dr. Smith explain the motivation behind the generosity of these Olathe icons.  

“I like to look at the lights on the campus of MidAmerica and wonder just how far those lights are really shining. They go far from the Olathe community into dark places of the world and they bring light and hope. It is up to us to help them shine.”


 A real estate auction of the 1,400 + acre farmland gift from the Moore Trust will be held Sept. 13, 2016, at 7 p.m., in Clinton, MO. The prime Henry County, Missouri, farm, recreation and investment land sale will be handled by auctioneer and MNU alum, Dave Webb (FS ’76). Visit www.dlwebb.com for details or call (913) 971-3607.

Annual Honor Roll of Donors Available Online

Each year MNU publishes the names of those who support the university with their gifts. Visit www.mnu.edu/giving/honor-roll-donors to see this year’s donor roll.

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