Dr. Rusty Mae Moore, Phd., of Pine Hill died Wednesday February 23, 2022 at her residence. Born to Paul Martin Moore and Mary (nee Long) Moore on October 25, 1941 in Aliquippa, PA , Dr. Moore was a Professor Emeritus of International Business at Hofstra University after a long academic career. Rusty was very popular with her students and had a unique teaching style, both erudite and accessible. Later in life, Rusty courageously transitioned as a Trans woman, retaining both her professional status and maintained very strong relationships with her children. In 1995, Dr. Moore and her wife, Chelsea Goodwin, decided to share their living space in a beautiful brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Rusty opened her doors to the then greatly marginalized Transgendered Community, firstly with close friends, who included Julia Brigid Murray, Kristiana Thomas and Antonia Cambareri. Over time, the residence became affectionately known as "Transy House" and housed many people, both Trans and LGB Folks.Quickly gaining notoriety as the first of Its kind, Transy House welcomed a Norweigian exchange student, Camilla Petterson of Oslo, who wrote a thesis on violence towards Trans People in the United States. Camilla remained a close friend of Rusty and many residents through the years. Political activism was a natural outgrowth of the unique communal life of Transy House. Rusty became an ardent activist of Trans and LGBT civil rights. This extended to her professional life, when she taught the very first Gender Studies course at Hofstra University. This was in addition to many years of involvement with the Metropolitan Gender Network, taking on various roles, including president. In the last remaining years, Rusty provided housing for Sylvia Rivera, the famed Stonewall Rebellion veteran and activist of decades. The two became very close friends. Outside of Rusty Mae's political and charitable activities, she was an accomplished guitar player and had great enthusiasm for an eclectic array of music, including County and Western, Goth, Classical R&B and even some Hip Hop. Dr. Moore also had a natural talent for photography as well as documentary style film making. She leaves behind a large archive documenting her life and the Trans culture of NYC of the 1990's. Dr. Rusty Mae Moore is survived by her loving spouse , Chelsea Goodwin of Pine Hill, New York, her three children, Jonica Moore of Brooklyn, New York, Amanda (Moore) Rogers, and Colin Zug Moore McGeorge of New Orleans, Louisiana, her two grandchildren, Caleb and Felix. She is also survived by her "adopted" extended family, including Gina Sommers of Pine Hill, New York and Antonia Cambareri, also of Pine Hill. Funeral services are to be announced in the coming months.
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