Emory leader, parent, dies at 101


Carolyn Schaible with (from left) Emory colleagues Don Moore, ­William McTier, Scott Houston, and President Walter Martin.
Courtesy Benjamin Moore

Carolyn Carson Moore Schaible, who died on August 3, 2010, at age 101, was Emory’s first director of women’s housing and later assistant dean of women after Emory became a coed university. She also was involved in initial planning and development of Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital, where she received care in her later years.

“On occasion, she would talk about the experiences that she was offered as the newly appointed person doing a job that had never been done before,” says Douglas Moore 57C, her eldest son. “That, to me, was significant—that she was chosen.” Reflecting on his mother’s accomplishments at Emory, Douglas Moore believes she was selected because of her reputation in the community as hardworking and passionate.

Carolyn graduated from Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, and did graduate study at the University of Georgia and at Emory. She went on to teach in public schools in South Carolina and at Decatur and Druid Hills High Schools. She served as the first female chief probation officer for the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, dealing most of the time with social work and adoption cases.

After more than a dozen years of dedication to University women and coed housing, she retired from Emory at age sixty-five. According to her son Benjamin Moore 61C 6T, “She was by no means interested in retiring,” and began working as manager in the Office of Aging Georgia. In seventeen years of service, she built awareness of poor nursing home conditions and founded Georgia’s Retired Senior Volunteer program.

“There she was, a classic citizen in her eighties, willing to promote and help senior citizens,” Douglas Moore says.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Moore and Maynard Schaible, and her daughter Donalyn Elich. Carolyn is survived by children Douglas Moore 57G, Benjamin Moore 61C 63G, Laura Hauser 67C 81G, and Kent Moore 71C 73G; ten grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

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