Elected in 1978
“For leadership in education and research and services to
governmental agencies in the control of radiation in the environment.”
BY MATTHEW P. MOELLER
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
DADE W. MOELLER, a pioneer in environmental engineering and radiation health physics, died on September 26, 2011, in New Bern, North Carolina, at the age of 84.
Dade was born in Grant, Florida, a small town on the intercoastal waterway, on February 27, 1927. Soon thereafter his family moved to the town of Malabar, population 200. As a young boy, Dade participated in the family’s primary activity of raising Leghorn hens on their 20-acre poultry and animal farm and selling eggs to local restaurants. The Moeller family was well known for their hard work and ethical business dealings, as well as for their charitable interactions with neighbors, despite their own humble circumstances.
A curious and dedicated student, Dade was the only person in his high school who passed the exam for the V-12 Navy College Training Program. After seeing a doctor for the first time in his life at the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1944 during World War II. He took courses at the University of South Carolina and, because he liked math and had enjoyed building chicken houses with his dad, decided to become an engineer. He was told that the best engineering school in the south was the Georgia Institute of Technology and that, if he requested a transfer to Howard College in Birmingham, Alabama he would thereafter be transferred to Georgia