Damaris Moore Corrigan


Dr. Damaris Moore Corrigan, 58, passed away on May 28, 2019 after a 25-year battle with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). The granddaughter of Chester A. "Ted" and Pauline Bell and daughter of Nicky R. and Maurice Moore of Opelika, Alabama, Damaris was a graduate of Opelika High School in Alabama. She went on to take her B.A. from Newcomb College in New Orleans, Summa Cum Laude, in 1983, Honours from St. Andrews University, Scotland (Latin), J.D. Tulane School of Law (Legal History), M.A. Tulane University (Classics), Ph.D. University of Texas-Austin (Classics) before accepting a position as professor of Latin, Ancient Greek, Roman Law and Ancient Military History at the University of Georgia, Athens, Department of Classics. She studied under some of the world's leading thinkers and educators, spoke Latin, Ancient Greek, Italian, German, and French and was the author of a book, Riders on High: The Cavalry of Alexander the Great, as well as several journal articles. An accomplished and exceptionally knowl- edgeable horse woman and equestrienne, Damaris won many Western riding competitions and was a lifelong member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Foundation Quarter Horse Association. Her finest personal accomplishment may have been her marriage, which began August 6, 1986, for she and her husband were inseparable, devoted, content and, owing to her life-threatening disease, lived every day to the fullest. They truly lived as 'happily ever after' as the good Lord allows. Dedicated to a life of learning, Damaris traveled extensively with him through the United Kingdom and Italy, where she leaves many friends, and made a second home of Windsor, England. Her friends and family will remember her as an extraordinarily intelligent woman whose profound knowledge and phenomenal memory was equaled by her quiet kindness, extraordinary wit and sense of humor, and unfailing consideration of others. She lived every day up to her personal code of honesty and integrity and was truly incapable of telling a falsehood or bracing a lie. She practiced the art of compassionate and diplomatic silence better than anyone. In short, she knew the secret of a happy life, shared it with a loving husband and earned his admiration, pride, and love with every precious breath she took. She leaves behind countless students bettered by her skill and dedication, a wealth of friends, two beloved brothers, Jeff and Peter Moore, their wives who were like her own sisters, Wanda and Joan Moore, three cherished nieces, Victoria Spates (Paul), Tiffany Sanders (Jason), and Taylor Moore, and a sister as well as a father- and mother-in-law whom she loved as her own parents, Sheldon and Constance Bernstein of Leawood, Kansas, and her husband of thirty-three years, Dr. Brian Jay Corrigan, who is her soul mate for whom another thirty-three years would have still been all-too-short a time to spend in her extraordinary, admirable and deeply loved company. Memorial service to be held at Central Baptist Church, 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, Lunch at noon. No flowers, please bring happy memories of Damaris to share. Her ashes will reside at her home until her husband can join her, at which time they will be scattered together at their home in England. Dahlonega Funeral Home of Dahlonega, GA, 706-864-3683, is in charge of arrangements.