Remembering Jonathan Moore, former IOP Director

Updated May 26, 2017: A memorial service for Jonathan Moore will be held on Saturday, June 3 at 11:00 AM in Memorial Church at Harvard University. The Institute of Politics and Shorenstein Center will host a reception following the service.

The Institute of Politics is saddened by the passing of our dear friend Jonathan Moore. Jonathan held many roles at the IOP, serving as director from 1974 to 1986, as well as serving in the first class of IOP Fellows after the Institute's founding 51 years ago. In the broader Kennedy School community, Moore received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1957, and was an early architect and Advisory Board member of the Shorenstein Center.

"We remember Jonathan with joy for his leadership, his scholarship, his kindness, his vision and devotion to the students, friends and family of the Institute of Politics," said Maggie Williams, Director of the Institute of Politics.

Each day our work at the IOP inspiring and encouraging young people to politics and public service is a reflection of Moore's influence and dedication to the IOP from 1966 until his passing this Wednesday, March 8, 2017. We will miss him. If you have memories from Moore's time at the IOP, please share them with us at

Jonathan Moore served in the first class of IOP Fellows in 1966, pictured here on the far right with First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.
Jonathan Moore at the first IOP New Members of Congress Program in 1976, with former Speaker John McCormack and Congressman Jack Brooks.
Jonathan Moore, then-director, leads a discussion with a few member of the Fall 1982 class of IOP Fellows.