Memorial held to celebrate the life of an influential teacher and artist, Vic Moore

PULLMAN, WA - Many people look back on their childhood and think of a teacher that had a major impact on their lives.

Members of the Pullman community will gather on Saturday to commemorate a former high school teacher that did just that for many of his students.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin explains why Victor Moore had a significant influence on Pullman as an artist, a friend, and especially, as a teacher.

"His enthusiasm was his secret to teaching," said wife Bobbie Moore.

Victor Moore passed away last November from Alzheimer's disease.

"I think he just kind of decided, 'Hell with this, let's go on, and you know, do something else,'" said Bobbie.

He was 87-years-old and his wife Bobbie Moore said he lived those years to his fullest.

"He was absolutely interested in everything and he was enthusiastic," said Bobbie. "He really didn't believe in talent. He believed that if you had serious interest in something, you would do it."

Moore left behind a wife, a son, and countless students. He taught art at Pullman High School for 29 years, starting in 1954.

"He did seem to have this ability to really be much more than a teacher, but an inspiration for people," said Bobbie.

Bobbie Moore said Doug Rudolph was one of his favorite students.

"That's an honor, to have her say that. I really appreciate it," said Rudolph.

Rudolf said Moore was a favorite teacher at Pullman High School, and one of the most influential people in his life.

"He was one of those people that was lucky enough to do something that he loved to do, and to be able to share that with his students," said Rudolf.

Victor Moore was also known for his sculptures. Bobbie Moore said some of his pieces were political, many were humorous, and most of them were made of recycled materials.

"Materials that you really wouldn't think of as art," said Bobbie.

One of his most famous pieces is the Junk Castle that was built west of Pullman. He's also famous for these whirligigs.

"This one's about Tailhook, the navy convention where officers were implicated for groping the women," said Bobbie.

It's difficult for Moore to hold back tears when she talks about the fond memories she has of her late husband, but she said she's looking forward to hosting a memorial for him this Saturday.

"When he died, we had been married for 63 years, shouldn't have said that," said Bobbie.

She said it's not about mourning his death, it's about celebrating his life.

"He was just a great guy," said Bobbie.

If you're interested in going to the memorial, you can stop by the Holiday Inn Express in Pullman off Bishop Boulevard on Saturday. The memorial starts at 1:00 in the afternoon, but Moore said you can come by anytime before 5:00. Many of his pieces of art will be on display, and people will be invited to share their favorite memories about Moore.