It is with extreme gratitude that Friends acknowledges the life and contributions of Jonathan Moore, an academic and public servant who served under six presidents and died on March 8th at the age of 84.
In 1961, as an aide to U.S. Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (R-MA), Mr. Moore and his colleagues worked tirelessly to align the complicated interests of the Lower Cape towns, the Commonwealth and federal officials.
Their efforts led to the creation of the Cape Cod National Seashore, signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on August 7, 1961.
On one eventful visit during negotiations, Mr. Moore arranged for several members of Congress to tour the proposed Park boundaries by helicopter.
The tour included Fort Hill where the visitors were especially impressed by the views.
At the time, Fort Hill was not included in the proposed Park boundary and was slated for development. Fortunately Mr. Moore's effort paid off.
Three and a half months later, President Kennedy signed the Cape Cod National Seashore, including Fort Hill, into law.