-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb The Washington Post 2008
Thomas L. Poore
Thomas L. Poore, 74, an educator for 36 years in public schools in the District and
Montgomery County, died of pulmonary fibrosis Feb. 18 at his home in Silver Spring.
Dr. Poore worked with Montgomery County Public Schools from 1971 to 1993 and was
involved in opening a middle school, coordinating the school system's desegregation
efforts in 1975-1976 and assisting in the busing of students into Oakland Terrace
Elementary School in 1976. He retired in 1993 as principal of Fairland Elementary
School, where he had overseen the school's growth since 1985. He also had been a
special assistant to the Area I superintendent and a principal at Eastern, Brookview,
Oakland Terrace and Burning Tree elementary schools and Piney Branch Middle School.
He began his career as an educator in 1958 in the District, as a teacher at LaSalle
Elementary School. From 1964 to 1967, he was principal at Hayes and Ludlow
Dr. Poore was born in the District and graduated from Western High School in 1952
and D.C. Teacher's College (formerly Wilson Teacher's College) in 1956.
While serving as a cryptographer in the Army in Texas from 1956 to 1958, he also taught
junior high school in Killen, Tex.
He received a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland in 1961 and
a doctorate in education from American University in 1971.
He served as a principal instructor in elementary education for the Peace Corps in
British Honduras during the summers from 1962 to 1964. He also was a visiting lecturer
in psychology at D.C. Teachers College. Dr. Poore consulted with educational groups
and gave workshops on crisis prevention and intervention, the multicultural aspects of
education and middle school conversion.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret J. Poore of Silver Spring, whom he married in 1960;
two children, Hillary J. Poore of Highland and Benjamin L. Poore of Nashville; and four