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By Joetta L. Sack — June 12, 2002 1 min read

John A. Moore, one of the leaders of the Cold War-era changes in science education, died in Riverside, Calif., on May 26. He was 86.

As one of the founders of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Mr. Moore supervised the development of the group’s first three high school science textbooks.

The BSCS was one of several groups to receive federal funding in the late 1950s to develop new curricula after the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik I, the first manmade satellite to orbit Earth, set off alarm about the state of American technology and education.

Until his death, Mr. Moore, a professor emeritus of biology at the University of California, Irvine, continued as an adviser to the BSCS. The Colorado Springs, Colo., nonprofit remains a leading publisher of science curricula. Mr. Moore recently published From Genesis to Genetics: The Case of Evolution and Creationism.—DAVID J. HOFF

Architect C. William Brubaker, nationally known for his work in school design, died May 25 in Evanston, Ill. He was 75.

His designs, which focused on the role of schools as community centers, influenced other architects as communities built thousands of new schools during the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate the baby boom generation. Mr. Brubaker helped design more than 200 schools around the country, as well as a host of other buildings in the Chicago area.

Mr. Brubaker spent his career at the Chicago-based firm of Perkins & Will and retired as its top architect for educational facilities in 1998.


A version of this article appeared in the June 12, 2002 edition of Education Week as Deaths