What does Ohio State mean to Dan and Kay Moore?
A documentary film of Dan and Kay Moore’s life together could be set to the sounds of The Ohio State University’s alma mater, “Carmen Ohio;” performances by the Men’s Glee Club, which Dan belonged to; and Kay’s speeches to members of the Women’s Self-Government Association she led—including the one Dan says he will never forget, titled Ohio State Is a World’s Fair.
The couple met at Ohio State when both were summer orientation leaders in 1964, and to this day, the couple remains friends with the other members of that group. “It has been a grand group of friends that shares joys and sadness,” says Dan. As orientation leaders, he remembers, it was hard for him and Kay to date because 10,000 freshmen knew them and each outing would invariably end up a double date.
Both Dan and Kay agree that Ohio State is the anchor of their life together as a couple, as well as the start of their individual education and professional careers. Throughout the years, the Alumni Association has enabled them to continue and strengthen their ties to the University. “Everybody else connects you to a piece of the University, but the Alumni Association connects you to the University as a whole,” says Dan.
Kay is especially fond of the Longaberger House. She was chair of the board during the fundraising for and construction of the building in the 1990s and believes their work has paid off. “The Longaberger House is a home away from home for thousands and thousands of alumni any time of the year,” she says. Among many other areas of Ohio State, the couple has strongly supported the Association’s endowment to ensure funds are available in perpetuity. “We want it to welcome all Buckeye alumni,” says Dan.
The documentary of their life would indeed have it all—a love story, rich campus experiences, lifelong friendships, the joy of giving, and a consistent theme: a Buckeye life is better shared.