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Moore, Rebecca (1951-) | Special Collections & University Archives

Name: Moore, Rebecca (1951-)

Historical Note:

Rebecca Moore was born in February 1951 to Reverend John Moore and Barbara Moore. She had an older sister, Carolyn, and a younger one named Annie. Much of Rebecca’s early life was spent in California, in Hayward, Chico, Davis, and Berkeley. She moved to Washington D.C. in 1971 after marrying Patrick Clary but the couple divorced a few years later. Moore graduated from Antioch College in 1974 and continued to work in Washington. She married Fielding (Mac) McGehee III and moved to South Dakota shortly afterward. Moore and McGehee adopted three children: December, Hillary and Tim. Rebecca and Fielding settled in San Diego in 1999. At San Diego State University, Dr. Rebecca Moore taught in the Department of Religious Studies, which she chaired from 2006 to 2011. Her expertise includes the study of early Christianity as well as new religious movements in America. Dr. Moore retired in May 2015.

Dr. Moore lost both of her sisters and a nephew in the tragedy at Jonestown and consequently devotes much of her time to ensuring that multiple perspectives of Peoples Temple and Jonestown are available to the public. Moore, along with husband Fielding McGehee, manage Alternative Considerations of Jonestown & Peoples Temple, a website hosted by the Jonestown Institute in the Department of Religious Studies that is devoted to providing varying and alternative perspectives on Peoples Temple and the events in Jonestown.

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