CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
March 25, 2009 – A representative of Southeast Missouri State University recently presented a portrait of the late Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr., to members of his family.
Jane Stacy, emerita director of development at Southeast, presented the portrait on behalf of Southeast Missouri State University President Kenneth W. Dobbins and the Board of Regents to Mooney’s daughter Katherine Mooney Skelton and her husband, Dr. Robert Skelton. Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr., a former member of the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents, was buried last week at a private service in Bloomfield, Mo. The portrait, which was commissioned by the University when Mooney was appointed to the Board of Regents by Missouri Gov. Christopher “Kit” Bond, formerly hung in the Board Room in the University Center at Southeast Missouri State University.
Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr., son of Alexander and Eva Elisa “Evie” Edwards Mooney, was born in Bloomfield, Mo., on May 10, 1911. He passed away at Crowley Ridge Care Center in Dexter, Mo., on March 16. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Joseph Mooney, all formerly of Bloomfield, Mo. He was married to Edna Lois Evans Nov. 10, 1941. They had two children whom they raised in Bloomfield, Mo. His wife, Lois, preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1995.
Mr. Mooney is survived by his daughter, Kathryn and her husband Bob, and son Elvis Alexander “Chip” Mooney and his wife Gina, all of Bloomfield, Mo. In addition, Mr. Mooney is survived by his only grandson, Robert Alexander Barney, also of Bloomfield, Mo.
Mr. Mooney received his formal education in the Bloomfield School system. He was a 1934 graduate of Southeast Missouri State Teachers College, where he was active in FORUM, the Agriculture Club, Y.M.C.A. and the Webster Literary Society. He also served on the staffs of the Capaha Arrow, the student newspaper, and the Sagamore, the campus yearbook. Mooney served as bookkeeper of the Sagamore staff during his junior year.
FORUM was an international relations club of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The Forum was organized in November 1931 by a group of students who felt the need for an organization in which its members could freely discuss national and international problems. The discussions in 1932 embraced a wide range of subjects, including disarmament, war, Russia, Sino-Japanese affairs, and Prohibition. In April, Emma Gunther, a widely-known lecturer of the International Relations Clubs, visited the FORUM and delivered two interesting lectures on China and Japan.
The Webster Literary Society was designed to provide students an opportunity for literary expression combined with the spirit of good fellowship. The Webster Literary Society was founded in September 1891 as the first boys’ literary group on the campus and, in 1932, was listed as the school’s oldest organization. The purpose of the Websters was to promote public speaking and debate and other forms of literary endeavor.
Y.M.C.A.’s purpose was to foster Christian fellowship and strengthen Christian character among the men and women of the college. Y.M.C.A. Gospel teams, consisting of young men interested in Christian education, presented interesting and inspirational programs in several churches, as a function of this organization.
After completing his education at Southeast, Mr. Mooney went on to earn a law degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He was a teacher, principal and superintendent of Bloomfield schools. During World War II, he served as a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy. After returning from service in the Pacific Theatre, he was accepted to the Missouri Bar Association and practiced law in Stoddard County. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and later as prosecuting attorney of Stoddard County.
He was deeply involved in civic affairs, including serving on the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents from 1975 to 1981.
Jane Stacy, emerita director of development at Southeast Missouri State University, right, and Lucas Presson, a Southeast graduate student, second from right, recently presented a portrait of the late Elvis Alexander Mooney, Sr., to Mooney’s daughter Katherine Mooney Skelton, second from left, and her husband, Dr. Robert Skelton, left.