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Valparaiso, IN  46383
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Valparaiso, IN  46383
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Roderick “Rod” Gardner Moore, II, 75, of Valparaiso passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020.  He was born June 28, 1945 in Spokane, WA to Roderick G. & Clara (Vervick) Moore, graduated from Valparaiso University in 1968 and received his M.A. from South Dakota State University.  Rod’s complete dedication to his career as Athletic Trainer at Valparaiso University for five decades not only defined Rod, but also Valpo Athletics.  Rod became head athletic trainer in 1967 while completing his undergraduate studies and held the role until his retirement on Sept. 1, 2016. He was the primary athletic trainer for men’s basketball throughout his 49-year tenure and worked with the football program for more than four decades.  Rod's service to Valpo Athletics was honored in 2017 as he was inducted into the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame. Throughout the years, he received numerous accolades for his work both at Valpo and industry-wide. He was inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Indiana football Hall of Fame in 2003, and in 2014, Moore received the Golden Pinnacle Award from the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA), the highest honor a GLATA member can receive. Rod served as chair of the National Athletic Trainers Association from 1978–1980, was president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association from 1978–1980, and was a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also served as head athletic trainer at an NCAA College Division Track & Field Championship, as the medical director for regional competition at the Hoosier State Games, and as an athletic trainer at the field hockey venue for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.  Rod was an active member of the Valparaiso community, serving with the Valparaiso Parks & Recreation Department and the Valparaiso Community School District. He also served on the board of directors for the Lutheran Basketball Association of America (LBAA) National Tournament, which has been held on Valpo’s campus since 1971, in addition to overseeing the tournament’s officials and athletic trainers.
On August 5, 1978 he married Debbie Karstens who survives along with their children, Mary (Eric) Horowitz of Boston, MA, Rachel (Bradley) Smeja of Valparaiso, Roderick G. “Rory” Moore, III of Lafayette, Micah (Kelsey) Moore of Valparaiso & Andrew Moore of Valparaiso, their children, Ethan, Elesandra, Paisley, Winter, Eli & Finn, Rod’s daughters, Angela (John) Galipeau & Jennifer Denaro and children, Sean, Aaron, Lana, Michael, Nate & Chase, and Rod’s siblings, Janis (Keith) McGraw & Robert (Debbie) Moore.  He was preceded in death by his parents.
A visitation will be held Sunday from 4 - 8 pm at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso.  Masks will be required for entry.  A private family service will be held at the church on Monday.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Valparaiso University or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

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