Looking Back Bio: Morgantown's Robert S. Moyer

Robert S. Moyer, seen here in the 1969 Twin Valley Yearbook when serving Assistant Principal, was a local educator and administrator from Morgantown. Photo provided by Jere Brady.

Robert S. Moyer was born in the Reading Hospital on March 26, 1934 to Stanley and Mildred Moyer. The Moyer’s lived on Clifton Avenue in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mildred taught music in the Robeson’s one and two room school buildings in the 1940s and 1950s. When the new Twin Valley Elementary Center was built, and there were no longer the one and two room buildings, Mildred (1910 - 1995) became the music teacher there as well as at the Robeson Elementary Center. She was noted for her outstanding musical productions. Stanley and Mildred also had a son, William, who was born in 1935.

While growing up in Reading, Robert was very active in sports and music. He played football for Reading Junior and Senior High with Lenny Moore, later of Baltimore Colts fame. He and Lenny were classmates and friends starting in Junior High, through high school, and onto college at Penn State University. Moore received a scholarship to play football at PSU and later went on to play professionally with the Colts. Lenny came to the Colts in 1956, and had a productive first pro season and was named NFL Rookie of the Year.

While in college at PSA, Robert became friends with another football legend, He was on the same football team as Roosevelt (Rosey) Grier (born7lI4ll932} Rosey later played for the NY Giants and the LA Rams. Rosey was Ethel Kennedy’s bodyguard at Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. When Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan, Rosey grabbed the gun from Sirhan’s hand. Six foot five Rosey was an actor, singer, needlepoint enthusiast and Christian minister.

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Robert played several instruments in and directed and directed the Wyomissing Band and played in the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played in the Penn State Blue Band while in college. He graduated from Penn State as a second lieutenant in the US Army. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

At the beginning years of the Twin Valley Jointure of Robeson Township, Caernarvon Township, Elverson, Honey Brook Township and Honey Brook Borough, Robert got a job as substitute teacher. Since he commuted to Caernarvon for his job, he sometimes enjoyed lunch at Murphy’s (where now stands the Windmill Restaurant). Murphy’s was one of the then very few eateries in the area.

Robert majored in Science while at Penn State University. Robert was also on the Penn State lacrosse team. Eight weeks before he graduated, he met Phyllis Bieber from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania who majored in arithmetic. They graduated and later married June 16, 1956. Robert and Phyllis both got full time jobs at the Twin Valley Junior High School located in Honey Brook. Robert taught Geography and History and Phyllis taught Mathematics. They moved into the third floor apartment of Bill Freeman’s building in Honey Brook. They later moved into a brick home on South Street in Morgantown in 1957, which was built by Morgantown’s Ernest Hostetter.

On one vacation, Robert and Phyllis drove to the Expo in Canada in 1967 and while there, Robert’s father phoned their motel room to tell them that Robert had been appointed as assistant principal at Twin Valley High School. Before that, Robert had taught Geography, Social Studies, Print Shop and Audio Visual.

Robert and his family were active in the Morgantown United Methodist Church where he was the choir director, noted for its beautiful cantatas. Their daughter Barbara was born in 1958, their son Bob was born in 1960, John in 1961 and Linda in1969. Sadly, Barbara was in a fatal automobile accident in 1989.

Robert S. Moyer died in 1986, yet will long be remembered for his musical talents, his love of family, sports and education.

“Looking Back” is a new feature to the Tri County Record where guest columnists with knowledge of the history of our area share accounts of the people, places, and things which have made our area into what it is today.

This author of this article is Morgantown’s own Jere Brady, a local historian and a member of the Tri-County Heritage Society. Visit the Tri-County Heritage Society at www.tricountyheritage.org.