William E. "Bill" Moore

1917 to 2004

Bill Moore was raised in a small Arkansas town where he spent most of his childhood helping his family make ends meet. His life story depicts true "rags to riches" success story. He came to Georgia Tech in 1934 on a tennis scholarship. While at Tech, he was president of the Bulldog Club, elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, and on the staffs of the Yellow Jacket magazine, the Technique newspaper, and the Blueprint yearbook. After graduation, he worked briefly before joining the Navy during World War II and served two years in the South Pacific as an officer on a destroyer. After the war, Mr. Moore co-founded the Kelly-Moore Paint Co. which went on to become the largest privately-held company in the United States. Mr. Moore helped donate to the Student Success Center and the Tennis Center and served on the Georgia Tech Advisory Board and the Centennial Campaign Council. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that in 1993 Mr. Moore told Tech students who would benefit from his contributions, "May each find the foundation for a successful life, a positive balance of mind, body and spirit."

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • Inducted into the Tech Hall of Fame in 1972
  • Mr. Moore lost only one singles match during his collegiate career
  • Founded the largest privately held company in the United States: Kelly-Moore Paint Co.