Riverheads football team doctor Lynn Moore remembered for his life of service

MINT SPRING – The Riverheads Football Facebook post has confirmed the death of Dr. H. Lynn Moore.

“A life so well lived serving others, a family man, a dedicated Gladiator football fan and a great doctor to many,” read the Sunday afternoon post. “Our thoughts are with the family as they deal with this significant loss. You will forever be in our hearts and minds.”

Moore was a longtime physician in the area, running a clinic in Mint Spring for the last 46 years of his career. He retired in 2019.

Retirement, however, did not mean the end of what he was probably best known for, as the Riverheads’ football team doctor for nearly 60 years. He was still on the sidelines last fall as Riverheads won another state championship.

According to an article in The News Leader in 2019, Moore had been the team doctor for Riverheads since the school opened in 1962.

“He’s the George Washington of Riverheads and honestly that could cut him short,” said YAC Sports Podcast’s Leland McCray, a former Riverheads football player. “He is a legend of legends. The Hercules of generosity.”

In 2017, The News Leader named Moore one of its annual Newsmakers for his work in the Riverheads community.

“The camaraderie, the community, the support and the love would have to be the best things I got out of it,” Moore told The News Leader at the time of his high school work.

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In 2019, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors honored Moore with a resolution recognizing his dedication and service.

“I don’t like all the hype,” Moore said at the time. “But I appreciate it a lot. It’s been a wonderful career. We have great people here.”

Moore first operated a practice outside a former Lutheran Church rectory in Middlebrook in 1959. In 1973 he and his family moved to Mint Spring, where he ran a clinic.

He also served as the Augusta County jail doctor from 1984 to 2006, according to the 2019 News Leader story.

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“He was such a treasure to the Riverheads community,” Janice Taylor commented on the Riverheads football Facebook post. “And he will be sadly missed by all whose lives he touched.”

When presenting the resolution in 2019, Moore told the oversight board that he had delivered at least 1,500 babies over four decades, but had no idea how many patients he had in total. had served.

He also gave free physical exams to athletes at Riverheads High School. His own doctor did it in Blacksburg when Moore was in high school, and he felt it was important that cost not be a barrier to participating in sports.

Dr. H. Lynn Moore stands in front of the field house at Riverheads High School, which was renamed in his honor in 2001.

Riverheads dedicated its field to Moore in 1988. He is a founding member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

“He lived in service to his community,” McCray said. “And its impact is incalculable and cannot be replicated.”

Moore has won the Dawburn Prize several times. Dawbarn Award recipients are selected for making a real and lasting difference in a student’s life, according to the Community Foundation statement.

Moore was a finalist for National Country Doctor of the Year in 2003. He also received the Frank C. McCue III Sports Medicine Award from the Virginia High School League in 2001 and was named Layman Educator of the Year by James Madison University in 1979. He was named News Leader Sportsperson of the Year in 1977.

Moore’s wife, Eloise Moore, died in November 2021. She and Moore had been married for 65 years.

“May you rest in peace with your beloved wife,” reads the Riverheads football Facebook post.

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