Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Former Duke great Moorman dies

Claude “T” Moorman II, who helped lead Duke to a Cotton Bowl win and an ACC championship in 1960, died Tuesday in his hometown of Plymouth, N.C.

He was 69.

Moorman played tight end and caught 54 passes in 1960, when he was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and the Football News. He caught the winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass in a 7-6 decision over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl to pave the way for Duke’s No. 10 ranking in the final Associated Press’ poll.

A three-year letterman, Moorman completed his M.D. from Duke Medical School in 1966 and volunteered for medical service in Vietnam. He completed law school in 1979 and served with the Army Department of Legal Medicine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

While serving as an Army Reserve commander, he formed and directed anesthesia groups in Leesburg, Va.; Stuart, Fla.; and Port. St. Lucie, Fla. After retiring from the Reserves in 1998, he lived as a farmer on the Albemarle Sound in Washington County, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at the Duke University Hall of Honor adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium at 4 p.m. May 2, with reception following in the Yoh Football Building.

Internment will take place at the Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. on July 22 with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his memory to the Bassett Society, a scholarship support for Duke athletes pursuing medical/dental education, at the following address: Bassett Society, DUMC, Box 3639, Durham, NC 27710. - From university news release