Graveside services with military honors for John A “Jack” Moorhead Sr. 86, Lawrence, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday August 21, 2012 at Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott Kansas.
Mr. Moorhead died Friday August 17, 2012 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born January 19, 1926, in Chicago, IL, the son of Arthur and Hazel Virginia Johns Moorhead. He graduated from St. Johns Military Academy, Delafield, Wisconsin in 1944.
Mr. Moorhead served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army in WW II with the 1st Infantry from Fort Riley, Kansas.
After his service he moved to Lawrence and went to college at the University of Kansas. He was one of the founding members of the Jayhawk Review. He also helped start the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, and formed a band that played all the dances. Years later he volunteered his time helping the girls basketball team and girls track team and was a KU Relays volunteer across three decades.
After three years at KU, Captain Moorhead re-enlisted in the U.S. Army joining the 25th Infantry as a combat officer in Korea in 1951. At the conclusion of his tour of duty and enlistment, Mr. Moorhead moved to Wichita, Kansas where he worked for Boeing Aviation until 1964. Mr. Moorhead left Boeing to start his own company, (John A. Moorhead Associates), and was recognized world wide as a leader in Training and Consulting for Computer Controlled Manufacturing.
In 1966 he moved back to Lawrence and was a founding member of the Numerical Control Society, (NCS), which was one of the first organizations in computer aided design and manufacturing. In 198o, his book, “Numerical Control Fundamentals” was published as the NCS bible. Over the next 16 years he traveled the world training engineers and machinists in Japan, Kenya, England, Germany, Bulgaria, Israel, Switzerland, Canada and throughout the United States.
Mr. Moorhead, a life long Episcopalian, was a Lay Reader at St. John’s Episcopal Church inWichita and was instrumental in starting St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Derby, Kansas serving as a Lay Reader, Elder and raising funds to build the church that still stands there today.
Survivors include one son, Jack “Kim” Moorhead Jr., Kansas City, MO, one daughter Melissa Wilson, Cicero, Indiana, one brother, James “Jim” Moorhead and wife Cecilia, Lone Tree, Colorado, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Thomas A. Moorhead, and a daughter, Virginia “Ginger” Folks.
Family suggests memorials made to the American Cancer Society in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Friends may call from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday.