Retired Army major general Robert S. Moore, 82, who served as a Pentagon liaison officer with congressional appropriations committees for more than 15 years, died of a heart ailment Friday at his Washington home.
Gen. Moore joined the finance office of the old War Department in 1930 and served there until the Department of Defense was created in 1947.
He then served as a special assistant to the assistant secretary of Defense (comptroller) until he retired in 1968. In this capacity he served as liaison officer with Congress, working on military appropriations legislation.
Sen. John C. Stennis (D-Miss.) said in a 1967 tribute that the general had "acted as liaison with the Congress longer than any other individual. And he has probably written more legislative proposals than any other military man in our history."
During World War II, while serving in the finance office of the War Department, he had to ascertain that the $160 billion appropriated to the Army by Congress was legally available for expenditure.
After the war, Gen. Moore helped negotiate financial settlements with the military governments of Germany and Korea and the civilian governments of Austria and Czechoslovakia.
Gen. Moore was born in Paris, Tex., and enlisted in the Army as a private in 1917.
He served with the 5th Division of the American Expeditionary Force in France, where he was wounded in action and commissioned a second lieutenant in 1918.
He was awarded the Purple Heart and later received the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Gen. Moore was a 50-year Master Mason and a member of the Shriners' Almas Temple. He also belonged to the Army-Navy Country Club and the University Club.
He is survived by his wife Adrienne Md., of the home in Washington; and four sisters, Alice Helen Moore of Washington, Corinne Waner of Sarasota, Fla., Mrs. Paul Kratz of Okeene, Okla., and Estelle Walhstorm of Colorado Springs, Colo.