Former CIAA Commissioner Moorman Passes – Tues. Sept. 9, 2014

September 10, 2014 on 1:38 am | In College Football, NFL | No Comments

Clinton R. “Bob” Moorman, Jr., Major (ret) US Army, passed peacefully at home with his family after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Bob was a 43 year resident of Hampton, VA. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1924. Shortly after his birth, the Moorman family moved to the Far East where they lived in Manila, Philippines and Shanghai, China. Upon his father’s death in Shanghai, Bob and his mother returned to Columbus, Ohio, his parent’s home.

Bob left Hampton Institute during World War II and entered the US Army, segregated at that time, as an enlisted man. He was assigned to a transportation (trucking unit) which later was part of the all Black “Red Ball Express”, which delivered ammunition, fuel, food, and medical supplies to the Patton’s Third Army during and after the Normandy invasion. The unit battled the German Army on the route in their attempts to cut off supplies to Allied troops. The unit returned to their base with the dead and wounded. After the war, he returned to Hampton to finish his studies.

In 1948 after completing the Officer Training Course, Bob was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the famed 24th Infantry Regiment, the Buffalo Soldiers. Stationed in Japan, the 24th was one of the first units sent to Korea at the outbreak of the war. His unit was in the Battle of the Chosen Reservoir when the 250,000 Chinese troops entered the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the conflict.

After the war, he returned to the States continuing his military career and being involved in the Armed Services Football League where different branches of the military had post teams which travelled between military bases. In early 1960s he was assigned to the 7th Special Forces “Green Berets” and stationed in Bad Toelz, Germany. He retired from the Army in 1966.

His new career was athletics, both collegiate and professional sports. After a short stint as head coach at Wiley College, he was hired by the San Diego Chargers as the East Coast Scout. As he continued his career, he became the first full time Commissioner for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in the 1970s. During his tenure with the CIAA, Bob served on a number of national committees: President of the NCAA College Division Commissioners’ Association, NCAA Athletic Steering Committee, NCAA Council, Division II Football and Basketball Committees, NCAA Professional Liaison Committee, and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. He represented the NCAA and United States at the first Goodwill Games in the Soviet Union. He was past president of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Peninsula Sports Club. He was a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Bob’s last position was a college official scout for the National Football League.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tamiko of Hampton, VA; Son, Clinton (Bob) R. III (Elizabeth) of Bahama, NC; Daughter, Kathy Epps (Keith) of Hampton, GA; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Hampton University Memorial Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association
Southeastern Virginia Chapter; 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102; Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.

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