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South Carolina Couple’s Estate Gives More Than $2.5 Million to Columbia Theological Seminary


Decatur, GA.—The estate of the late Walter and Lucile Moore has given more than $2.5 million to Columbia Theological Seminary. The gift was announced earlier this month. A lifelong resident of the state of South Carolina and a successful businessman and investor, Mr. Moore was an active Presbyterian in his church, the First Presbyterian Church of Walhalla, and in his presbytery. Mrs. Moore believed strongly in education and served as president of the Columbia Friendship Circle, a group of Presbyterian Women that supports the education of seminary students. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore were leaders in their community and touched many lives through the years, generous in civic activities even as they lived a thrifty and conservative lifestyle. Lucile Moore died in 1989, and Walter Moore in 2004. According to family and friends, they wanted to do something for the seminary and felt that there was no better use of their resources than to support ministry in the church and those who had chosen ministry as a vocation. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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