Abigail Mosey

Professor of Mathematics
1944-1991

October 5, 1996

Abigail M. Mosey was born September 8, 1914, in Geneva, New York. She graduated from St. Stephen’s Grammar School in 1928; De Sales High School in 1932; and Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., in 1936.

Miss Mosey taught at De Sales High School from January, 1937, to June, 1938. She served on the faculty of the Clifton Springs High School from September, 1938, to June, 1944, where she was “the Mathematics Department.”

In August, 1944, she received her M.A. in the Teaching of Mathematics from Syracuse University. At the end of August, Miss Mosey joined the Colleges as a replacement instructor under the Navy V-12 program. She held that position until the termination of the Navy program.

What started as a position in the V-12 program turned into a full-time teaching career at the Colleges. Described by Provost Walter Durfee as “one of the best teachers the department had in my 40 years of experience,” she advanced to assistant professor in 1954, associate professor in 1958, and full professor in 1979. Her special joys and skills were evident in the classroom and in tutoring students with special needs at the Developmental Learning Center. She regularly taught both freshman and upper-level courses, and was patient and precise with non-math majors as they struggled to learn the mysteries of higher-level mathematics.

She always sought experiences that would broaden her understanding of both teaching mathematics and the world at large. For example, she took a sabbatical in 1972 in order to attend the second International Congress on the Teaching of Mathematics at the University of Exeter, England. She also later toured England and the European continent twice. Miss Mosey shared these experiences with her students, where, as one former student wrote, “learning and life were fully integrated.”

In recommending her for full professorship, the department chair at the time wrote, “Miss Mosey’s specialty is the field of geometry, in which she is certainly the department expert. She has continually and successfully argued the importance of this field as an example of rigorous mathematical thought which is readily accessible to the undergraduate. Her devotion to teaching is defined in the broadest terms, extending well beyond the classroom to encompass a variety of departmental and community roles involving the guidance and instruction of students. Her service over the years as supervisor for mathematics in the secondary education program has been generous and very much appreciated by her students.” The head of the education department wrote that “her dedication to her teaching, her loyalty to the Colleges over these many years, and her concern for the well-being of each of her students are outstanding.”

Two events of May, 1978, express how Professor Mosey is regarded by faculty and students alike. During the commencement season, the faculty, as a whole, and the Class of 1978, as graduating seniors, each -- without consultation, and each on separate days -- presented an award for “outstanding teaching” to Abigail M. Mosey.

Professor Mosey retired slowly from her teaching responsibilities, starting in 1980 and ultimately concluding her time at the Colleges in 1991. In all, her career spanned 47 years during which time she touched generations of students with her enthusiasm, intellect, patience, and understanding.


DFA RECIPIENTS

2018

Elena Ciletti

Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.'12

2017

Jim Crenner

Benjamin Daise

Maureen Flynn P'09, P'12, P'16*

2016

Roger Farrand '49, P'78

Lois F. Nellis '46*

Ann B. Oaks '74, P'84, P'85, P'89

2014

Claudette Kemper Columbus

2013

Nicholas V. D'Angelo P'98

2012

Peter R. Beckman

Leonard Lawson L.H.D. '68*

Tom Millington

John George Van Deusen P'43

2011

Mary Gerhart

Joel Kerlan, P'89

Deborah Tall*

2010

Joseph N. Abraham, L.H.D. '81*

Donald L. Woodrow P'83, GP'15

2008

Valerie C. Saiving

William G. Hosking '47, P'74*

2007

Walter A. Ralls

2006

Valerie Kish

Frank O’Laughlin*

2004

John Loftus P'75, P'76, P'91*

Toni Flores P'94*

2003

Richard Heaton P'86*

Marvin Bram P'91, L.H.D. ’99

2002

Joseph DiGangi

Eugene F. Murphy P'74, L.H.D. '90*

2001

Ralph Bullard*

Kenneth Carle P'82, P'84, P'90

2000

Benjamin P. Atkinson, L.H.D. '86*

Otto Eugene Schoen-René*

John Lydenberg*

Lindsay A. J. Lafford P'65, P'71, L.H.D. '87*

1999

Robert A. Huff*

1998

Theodore Tellefsen Odell '20, Sc. D.'67*

Irving O. Bentsen '54

1997

Charles Delamater Vail '59, L.H.D.'04*

John Archer Silver*

Charles John Rose '76*

Francis Phillip Nash*

Joseph H. McDaniels, LL.D. '11*

1996

Abigail Mosey*

Brooks Otis, L.H.D. '77*

1995

John Muirheid*

Maynard O. Smith P'76

1993

Richard A. Ryan

William Pitt Durfee, LL.D. '22*

Walter Hetherington Durfee '08, Sc.D. '59*

1992

Elon Howard Eaton*

Edward E. Griffith, L.H.D. '88*

1991

Milton Haight Turk, LL.D. '38*

Kathryn Dapp Cook, L.H.D. '84*

1990

Horace Webster*

John Towler*

Hamilton Lanphere Smith, D.Sc. 1900*


* deceased

 

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