The Colleges' community is saddened to report that Abigail Mosey, a valued member of the mathematics faculty from 1944 to 1991, died Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Geneva. Mosey earned her baccalaureate from Nazareth College in 1936 and her M.A. from Syracuse University in 1944. She began her career at the Colleges in 1944, as a replacement instructor in the Navy's V-12 program. She became a full-time instructor in 1946, assistant professor in 1954, associate professor in 1958, and full professor of mathematics in 1979.
Provost Walter Durfee described her as “one of the best teachers the department had in my 40 years of experience.” She always sought experiences which would broaden her value as a teacher and counselor for whom, according to a former student, “learning and life were fully integrated.” A faculty peer stated that, “her dedication to her teaching, her loyalty to the Colleges and her concern for the well-being of each of her students are outstanding.”
Mosey's enthusiasm, intellect, patience and understanding touched generations of students during her 47-year career at the Colleges. She received the Faculty Prize for Teaching in 1978. The Abigail Mosey Book Prize was established in 1980 with gifts from alumni and alumnae and is awarded to a student for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas.
In 1996, the Alumni Association of Hobart College and the Alumnae Association of William Smith College jointly awarded Mosey the Distinguished Faculty Award.
Calling hours were from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at McGuigan Funeral Home at 45 High St., Geneva. Her funeral was at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22 at St. Stephen's Church at 48 Pulteney St.