Richard A. Moore, developer

Richard A. Moore, former owner of Gaylord Brooks Realty who developed 65 communities throughout Maryland, died Oct. 4 of brain cancer at his Monkton home. He was 78.

The son of a bookbinder and a homemaker, Richard Allan Moore was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson.

A 1953 graduate of St. Paul's School, Mr. Moore earned a bachelor's degree in 1958 from Washington & Lee University.

An accomplished athlete who played football, basketball and lacrosse, he was selected a third-team All American in lacrosse. He later played for the Baltimore Lacrosse Club and coached the sport at Boys' Latin School.

After briefly working for his father's bookbinding business, he went to work for Gaylord Brooks Realty in the early 1960s, which he eventually purchased.

During his more than 40 years in the business, Mr. Moore developed 65 communities across the state, including Hill Farm in Brooklandville, Hammonds Glen in Kingsville, Beckley Estates in Monkton, Burnside Farm in the Green Spring Valley and Jenifer Ridge in Timonium.

He retired in 2002 and sold the business to his son and two partners.

From 1973 to 1986, Mr. Moore served on the board of trustees of St. Paul's School, which presented him its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

He also was the first board chair of St. James Academy in Monkton.

Mr. Moore spent time at his Monkton farm and at a second home in Vero Beach, Fla. He enjoyed playing golf and was a member of the Greenspring Valley Hunt Club.

He was a communicant of St. James Episcopal Church, 3100 Monkton Road, Monkton, where a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

Mr. Moore is survived by his wife of five years, the former Martha Clapp; a son, Thomas R. Moore of Monkton; a stepson, Marshall Dorman of Ellicott City; a stepdaughter, Abby Krasny of Los Angeles; a brother, Thomas O. Moore of Annapolis; two sisters, Louise Lee Roche of Cambridge and Penny Lins of Centreville, Queen Anne's County; and four grandchildren. His wife of 41 years, the former Reveley Allen, died in 2002; a daughter, Susan T. Moore, died in 1984.

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