Roy Clifton Moose pledged a gift to the College of Arts and Sciences in 1996 to establish an endowed professorship to attract a teacher and scholar in the English department specializing in Renaissance literature.

His gift of $333,000 to form the Roy C. Moose Distinguished Professorship in Renaissance Studies was supplemented by matching funds of $167,000 from the state’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create the $500,000 endowment.

Moose became known as one of the most dedicated professors and students of English, but his beginnings were humble. Born in Catawba County, he was the son of mill workers and never even thought of attending university.

Moose entered Carolina on the G.I. Bill after serving in World War II, in the Army Air Corps and as first lieutenant in the Army Intelligence division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1948, then left on the French liner De Grasse to study English and comparative literature at Oxford University on a Rotary International fellowship. After earning two more degrees in England, Moose returned to Carolina, where he earned a doctoral degree in English in 1965.

At Carolina, Moose was president of the university veterans’ association, night editor of The Daily Tar Heel and editor of The Carolina Quarterly. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and his contemporaries in the English department called him “a star” and “a force to be reckoned with.”

Moose taught at Florida State University for many years before returning to North Carolina to teach at UNC-Charlotte, where he received an award for excellence in teaching and was dubbed “Mr. Shakespeare” by students.

Moose credited Carolina for the success of his teaching career and for his first teaching job. “I feel I owe Carolina so much,” he said. “The reputation of Carolina is so important to alumni. For the rest of our lives, we can rely on it.”

Moose said enthusiasm for the subjects and the students is the key to memorable teaching. “That’s the foundation for the rest of life – the undergraduate years,” he said. “You give them any help you can. It’s a full-time job. It’s not an offhand thing.”

Moose died in 2003.

Portions taken from a fall 1999 Carolina Connections article by Ginger Travis.

The Roy C. Moose Distinguished Professor in Renaissance Studies:

Darryl Gless (1945-2014)

2015 – Present: Reid Barbour