Edith Moore

Pen and ink drawing by Edith Moore from 1944
Image credit Herron staff

Edith Moore took her role as Herron student and alumna seriously. She was soon recognized as a talented and determined artist at the John Herron Art School. She earned her B.F.A. in Painting in 1940. At the time, she was one of only a few female students.

Moore served as the Herron Alumni Association’s first president and archivist. She soon became the go-to-person for staff, faculty and alumni wanting to learn about those who played a role in Herron’s history.

She worked at L.S. Ayres & Co. in downtown Indianapolis for 25 years, designing displays for the department store and its Tea Room. Later, she would run her own consulting business, Elm Space Planning. Edith lived her entire life on the northwest side of Indianapolis and never married.

Edith Moore

“Her recollections of Herron spanned six decades. The way she remembered everyone was impressive,” shared Kim Hodges, director of development. “Glennda McGann, Herron’s assistant dean of development and external affairs, introduced me to Edith in 2006. Glennda and I will always remember how much she cared about her alma mater.

“My favorite memory of Edith is the day she toured Eskenazi Hall for the first time,” Hodges added. “The building was only a year old, but Herron’s new home seemed to welcome her with open arms. She was pleased to explore the new facility and meet with students who happened to be in the printmaking department on that day. She especially enjoyed meeting Dean Valerie Eickmeier.”

Herron learned of Edith Moore’s passing in 2011. She had made provision for Herron in her estate plans. Through a remainder bequest, she designated a gift to the Paul A. Wehr Memorial Scholarship in Visual Communication Design as well as a gift to Herron’s general fund to help with the school’s greatest needs.

Like Edith, many friends of Herron want to support the school, but in a way that doesn’t involve giving during their lifetime. Including a gift to Herron in your will or trust is simple:

1. Consult your professional advisor to incorporate the appropriate language into your will or trust. Proper bequest language can be found at
2. Inform Herron’s Office of Development of your intentions so that we can celebrate with you now, and ensure that your bequest will be fulfilled in a manner you intend.

If you wish to support Herron’s mission and want to learn more about ways to support Herron outside of cash gifts, contact Kim Hodges at (317) 278-9472 or or Glennda McGann at (317) 278-9477 or