Donald Moore, who revitalized Brooklyn Botanic Garden in ’80s, dies at 90

October 17, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Donald Moore. Eagle file photo by Andy Katz
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Donald E. Moore, who, as president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden during the 1980s, tripled its membership and doubled its indoor exhibit space, died on Sept. 30 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at age 90.

Moore, a former newspaper reporter and magazine editor, oversaw the design and construction of the Steinhardt Conservancy as well as the transformation of an existing conservatory into the Palm House after he was named to BBG’s presidency in 1980, according to The New York Times. BBG’s $30 million expansion project also included new greenhouses and classrooms.

Moore also developed the annual two-day Sakura Matsuri, also known as the Cherry Blossom Festival. All in all, he tripled BBG’s membership to about 25,000, the Times reported.

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In other Brooklyn activities, he became the founding president of the Downtown Brooklyn Development Association in 1968. From 1978 to 1980 he served as president of the New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which later merged with the New York City Partnership.

After Moore retired in 1990, he and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona. They then moved to Allentown in 2007, the Times said. He reportedly died from complications of a fall.

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