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Terris Moore

Terris Moore

Terris Moore was the second president of the University of Alaska, serving from 1949 to 1953. He was an avid mountaineer who first climbed peaks in Alaska in 1930. He also was a pilot and known as the "flying president." He provided air support to many expeditions on Mount McKinley (now Denali) in the 1940s and 1950s, including flying Bradford Washburn to the West Buttress in 1951 when he pioneered that route. Terris' flights and landing on glaciers were key to providing support for many mountaineers. As president of the university, he climbed and named "University Peak" in the St. Elias Range. Before becoming the university president, he was a successful investor and businessman and had a distinguished academic career. Terris Moore passed away in 1993 at the age of eighty-five.

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