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A Eulogy for the Beloved Fes-Mike Moore

Column by Angel R. Martinez
Guest Columnist

The sudden death of Festus Mike Moore '94 is an immense shock to the family and friends he left behind. We are all making an attempt to understand the circumstances behind this tragic incident as well as to adjust to life without a well loved friend. The residents of Spanish House, his co-workers at Athena On-Line Consulting, and countless other friends at MIT will be grieving his death for a long time to come.

Fes-Mike was a loving, vibrant soul who brightened the lives of everyone who knew him. Every living group has a person whose easygoing nature and joviality serve to keep the community's spirits high whenever life becomes tense and difficult. Fes-Mike was that person -- not only to Spanish House, but to other friends and residents of New House. The love and enthusiasm he showed towards the people he lived with was extraordinary .

We remember Fes-Mike for his wonderful personality and demeanor. If there is one theme that is common to all our remembrances, it is one of selflessness. Many of us remember the countless times he assisted us on Athena, his patience in helping us through the C language, and the help he gave us on our course work. Fes-Mike was a legendary intramural hockey player and was always encouraging the rest of his teammates on the La Casa hockey team. He played for the love of the game and for the camaraderie, never for competition's sake. Fes-Mike was a valued member of the annual La Casa camping trip, drawing from his experiences as an Eagle Scout in order to lend a helping hand.

We will all definitely miss his quirkiness and endless sense of humor. We will miss seeing him rollerblading at top speed into Spanish House's dining room for dinner during the week. We will miss watching "Star Trek" with him, miss the weekly volleyball games. We will miss seeing him cook while on his rollerblades, miss making cookies for him. We will miss having him sleep through his loud alarm, and pounding on his door to get him up. We will miss kidding him about his political views and joking with him over Athena. Certainly none of us will ever forget the many joyful moments and laughs we shared with out great friend.

Those of us who were particularly close to Fes-Mike remember his sympathetic heart and ever attentive ear. Somehow, he always knew when he was needed and took time to listen to those he loved. He was not only dedicated to his friends here at MIT, but also to those who had left the Institute. Whether it was across the country, or across the river, he never lost touch and was ready to comfort and help whenever asked. We will also never forget the enormous love and respect he had for his family.

Fes-Mike was the ultimate giver and a patient leader. His love and sense of humor reminded us of the lighter, brighter aspects of life and kept us going when we felt tired and discouraged. Although we will never again see him at dinner, or rollerblading around MIT, we will never forget our friend Fes-Mike. His spirit will live on in our fondest memories and in our hearts forever.

We love you, big guy.

Angel R. Martinez '95, a resident of Spanish House, compiled this eulogy after conversations with many of Fes-Mike's friends.