Robert (Bob) A. Moore, the inventor of soil
wetting agents and founder of Aquatrols Corporation of America, died Nov. 4. He is survived by his
three children, Demie Moore, Tracy Jarman, and Andy Moore, who continue
to direct Aquatrols and carry on the legacy their father began.
A golfer all his life and chemical engineer by education, Bob joined the supply side of the golf course industry in the late 1950s after inventing the first soil wetting agent, AquaGro, to improve water penetration in soils. He travelled far and wide and spoke with anyone who would listen about “making water wetter.” He had a reputation for always having the time to talk to students and young superintendents—whom he enthusiastically recognized as “the future.”
A GCSAA Member for more than 50 years, Bob served on the GCSAA’s first Industrial Advisory Committee, helped with and played in the golf tournament for many years, and inspired the establishment of the Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment within the Environmental Institute for Golf to fund applied research for more efficient use of resources, particularly water.
In recent years, though, health issues began to plague him, but he was as present as ever at the Golf Industry Show, zipping around on a scooter, and telling stories at the Aquatrols booth as can be seen in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAUbJYq2W7c, TurfNet’s Industry Legends video.
Bob was also active in his community as, among other things, a swim coach for many years, board member of U.S. Pony Clubs, president of Woodbury Country Club and key member of the organizing committee of the Underwood Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Classic since its inception in 1994. Though no longer present physically, his contributions and spirit live on and will endure around the world and forever.
For anyone who may wish to do so, the Moores request that donations be made to the “Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment” (The Environmental Institute for Golf, Attn: Aquatrols’ Robert A. Moore Endowment, 1421 Research Park Dr., Lawrence, KS 66049, http://www.eifg.org/support/moore.pdf, or the “Bob & Bobbie Moore Memorial Fund,” c/o The Underwood Memorial Hospital Foundation, 509 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096.
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