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Rev. Jerry Moore, COMTO Co-Founder, Remembered for His Contributions to the Transportation Industry

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Rev. Jerry Moore, COMTO Co-Founder, Remembered for His Contributions to the Transportation Industry

Reverend Jerry A. Moore, Jr. slipped peacefully into glory on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Dr. Ettyce H. Moore; father of Jerry A. Moore III (Cynthia) and Rev. Juran D. Moore, Sr. (Hazel); grandfather of Juran D. Moore, Jr., Colonel Percy Moore (USMC) (Janice) and Sydni M. Williams; great-grandfather of Sade, Jordan, Skylar, Jaden and Jason Moore. Born on June 12, 1918 in Minden, LA, to the late Reverend Jerry A. Moore, Sr. and the late Mae Dee Moore. Rev. Moore, Jr. led a long, faithful and accomplished life. He was a 1940 graduate of Morehouse College and was awarded Bachelor of Divinity and Masters of Arts degrees from Howard University.

He was called to pastor the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in 1946 where he served as Senior Pastor until he retired in 1996. During this period he led the movement of the historical church from 19th and Eye Street NW to its current home 16th Street NW. In 1997 Rev. Moore also served as Interim Pastor of the Faith Moravian Church.

In 1974 Rev. Moore was elected as a Republican to be an at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. He held the position until 1985. During that service Rev. Moore chaired the Council Committee on Transportation and served on the board of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. He served in the latter position during the planning and creation of the Washington Metrorail System. Rev. Moore was also a co-founder of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).

Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for minority professionals in the transportation industry. Reverend Moore was motivated by the lack of minority voices at 1970 ATA conference in Mexico City to begin a dialogue with other minorities at the conference to determine what decisive action to institute. While at that ATA conference, Reverend Moore had a chance encounter that triggered interest to engage minorities in leadership roles in the transit industry. The chance, but more appropriately defined as a divine, encounter between Reverend Moore and Carlos Villarreal, Administrator of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration (UMTA), led to further discussions that generated corporate commitment from UMTA to sponsor the first “Minority Mobility in the 1970’s” conference at Howard University in 1971. Administrator Villarreal charged Harold B. Williams, UMTA Director of the Office of Civil Rights, to work with Reverence Jerry Moore and Jerry Anderson concerning the Minorities in Transit conference.

Mr. Williams designated Carmen Turner who worked for him at the time as the Project Director assigned to organize the conference at Howard University in 1971. She later became the first female Black to serve as General Manager of a major transit system, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The organizational meeting of the Conference of Minority Public Transportation Officials (COMPTO) followed the conference, and was coordinated by Harold B. Williams with concurrence of Reverend Jerry Moore, Jerry Anderson, and Benny Cantu. The conference occurred over two days, and was attended by seventy-seven (77) people. The culmination of this conference was a COMPTO organization meeting that hosted twenty-nine (29) people – transit board members, federal transit officials, local transit managers, supervisors and consultants. The Founders were: Reverend Jerry Moore (District of Columbia), Benny Cantu (San Antonio), Gerald “Jerry” Anderson (Cleveland), James Terry (Cleveland), Clarence Generette (Cleveland), Tom Neusom (Los Angeles), Carmen Turner (UMTA), and Harold B. Williams (UMTA). COMTO is now a national organization with 32 active chapters and over 1,400 members.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018 friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4606 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Interment at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Please direct contributions to the Benevolent Fund of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church. Arrangements by McGuire.