L to R, standing: A. A. Moore, Jr. Ethel Moore, Stanley Moore
seated: Annie Moore, A. A. Moore, Jacqueline Anne Moore, Carmen Moore. front: Margaret Moore. Image courtesy Eastland-Adams-Woods-McClure-Moore family archives.

Ethel Moore (March 6, 1872 – October 4, 1920) was a social worker and founder of the Oakland Social Settlement. She was one of the trustees of Mills College beginning in 1915. Moore was a supporter of women's right to vote, and served as a member of the playground commission. 3

Moore was born March 5th, 1872 in Oakland to Albert Alfonso Moore and Annie Jaqueline Hall (Moore). For most of Ethel's life. she lived with her parents on 6th Avenue. She graduated from Oakland High School. After attending UC Berkeley, she went to Vassar College in New York. 4

Interesting note about her sister, Jacqueline: she married into two prestigious Bay Area families. In 1904, she married John Joseph Valentine, Jr., son of Wells Fargo Bank president John Joseph Valentine, and they had four children. After the children were grown, John died in 1953. Jacqueline then married Rudolph Schilling, son of spice company magnate August Schilling.

Death and Legacy

Moore died in 1920 at the Stanford University hospital in San Francisco following surgery, 2 and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery along with members of her family. Her sister Jaqueline is buried in the Valentine family plot.

Several buildings were named in her honor, including Ethel Moore Hall, a dormitory at Mills College, and the Ethel Moore Memorial Building (currently unused; owned by Oakland Unified School District and was used an administration building.)

Moore is one of the 20 women featured as part of the Sigame sculpture.

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Links and References

  1. Miss Ethel Moore Vassar Miscellany News November 3, 1920
  2. Miss Ethel Moore Called by Death Sacramento Union October 6, 1920
  3. Mayor Reappoints Former Commissioner San Francisco Call April 16, 1910
  4. Journal of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae 1920
  5. Ethel Moore, Woman Leader, Is Dead in S.F. Oakland Tribune October 5, 1920
  6. Home of Ethel Moore Filled With Mourners at Funeral Oakland Tribune October 6, 1920