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Tyrel (Tink) MooreTyrel (Tink) Moore

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Tyrel (Tink) Moore, Professor Emeritus in Geography and Earth Sciences, on September 14, 2020. A scholar of the South, Tink arrived at University of North Carolina Charlotte in 1982. It is estimated that he taught more than 20,000 undergraduates as well as a significant portion of the Charlotte region’s urban planners. 

Above all, Tink was a devoted educator who loved the classroom, but who also used his calm demeanor to shepherd many nervous Assistant Professors, Lecturers, Graduate Students, and Part-time Instructors through their first few years of teaching (and even helped some of them move!). Tink never failed to have time for those who needed his help, advice or perspective. Tink’s talent for teaching and mentoring was widely recognized: he received the UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003. Tink was also a great evangelist for geography and served as the President of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers in 2001 and received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. It’s been said by many that Tink’s greatest strength was being good to people and his belief in intellectual and professional humility. Tink will be greatly missed. 

There will be a celebration of his life when we can gather together safely. People can donate in his honor to benefit students to the “Dr. Tink Moore Memorial Fund” by notating a donation to the UNC Charlotte “Department of Geography & Earth Science Fund” at giving.uncc.edu. 

- Faculty at UNC Charlotte Department of Geography and Earth Sciences