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Cultivating exquisite talent

Scholarship endowment at CTY honors parent and advocate Nancy Delano Moore
Posted February 7, 2014
Nancy Delano Moore with her grandson in 2008. Nancy Delano Moore with her grandson in 2008.

Don’t worry about the gifted kids,” people always told Nancy Delano Moore. “They’ll be fine.”

But fine wasn’t good enough for the Richmond, Virginia, teacher and author who made educating and advocating for gifted students her life’s work. She wanted bright children to be inspired, challenged, engaged, and transformed. She wanted to see them blossom like the peonies and green roses she tended in her garden.

Nancy Delano Moore’s history with CTY spanned more than 30 years. As the parent of a child participating in Julian Stanley’s Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth, she saw the academic and social impact CTY had on her daughter Sara. In the mid-1980s she established a CTY program for Central Virginia young students and enrolled 1,000 math and writing students over the course of a decade. A prolific writer, she authored several books and numerous articles, including an influential piece about how parents of gifted children could influence schools to provide credit for CTY classes and appropriate instruction.

She never forgot the impact CTY had on her family, and when she died in 2011 after a long illness, her family wanted to ensure that her life’s work would go on. In August 2013 they endowed a CTY scholarship in Nancy Delano Moore’s name. “Hopefully this will allow some young people to have the supportive educational environment that they might not otherwise have,” says Hullihen Williams Moore, Nancy’s husband of 46 years.

As any master gardener will tell you, gardening isn’t about the person doing the planting; it’s about the flowers they grow. And whether you’re talking about the gifted children she nurtured or the flowers she grew in her English garden, Nancy Delano Moore’s passions speak for themselves as infinitely better than fine.