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Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law

Thursday, 22 December 2022

Gaenor MooreWe are sorry to announce the death of Gaenor Moore. Gaenor had served as Senior Secretary and Administrator at CIPIL from March 2007-May 2009 (when she was also the Editorial Assistant of The Cambridge Law Journal) and from August 2011-August 2014 (when she also was Examinations Administrator for the Faculty of Law).

As CIPIL administrator, Gaenor organised conferences and workshops, dealt with invited speakers; arranged travel, accommodation and budgeting; supported teaching; purchased and catalogued books for the Centre library; hosted visitors; and maintained the CIPIL website. As a result, she will have touched the lives of many beyond the Centre and the Faculty,

Professor Lionel Bently, who was Director of CIPIL during both periods, writes:

"I really enjoyed working with Gaenor. She was efficient, reliable, entirely trustworthy, and really good at dealing with the wide variety of people with whom the Centre engages (from undergrads to doctoral students, from visiting scholars to top judiciary). She acquired all her “web skills” while at CIPIL, and used them to good effect, helping to develop the European Travaux and Virtual Museum. In the time that I was Centre Director, she was by far the best administrator we had, and she steered through some of our most important projects, including Primary Sources on Copyright. She left in 2009 because she wanted a full time post, and such a position had arisen at the Centre for Autism Studies. I was delighted when she returned in 2011, and equally disappointed when she left again in 2014, in part because the examinations administrator role was starting to dominate her time.

Gaenor and I became good friends, and met for lunch, coffee or drinks regularly after she left to join CRASSH and then the Centre for the Future of Intelligence. She was always amazingly grounded, hugely supportive and understanding of others, and I completely trusted her judgment. But most of important of all, she was warm and entertaining company. We got on like a house on fire. I would like to offer my sincere condolences to her husband, John, and her two children, Jack and Grace."

Professors Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan and David Erdos, current Co-Directors of CIPIL, add:

"Gaenor was in post when we both arrived in Cambridge in 2013. She always made us feel very welcome, was an immense help in navigating University administrative procedures, and in fact with any other matter on which we came to seek her advice or support. We were sad to lose her as a colleague when she left CIPIL, and are even more sad to hear that she passed away. Our thoughts are with her family."

Gaenor had been diagnosed with cancer while still working at the Centre for Future Intelligence. She took early retirement from the University. The initial treatment at Addenbrookes seemed to have been effective but in the last few months her condition worsened. All at CIPIL mourn her loss and extend their sympathies to her family and friends.