Dr. John I. Mosher

By Orleans Hub Posted 28 October 2019 at 11:58 am

John Mosher

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John I. Mosher, Ph.D., of Albion, passed away on Mon., Oct. 21, 2019 at the age of 86.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Constance; children, Jennifer Mosher (Robert Montione), Lisa Rodriguez (James Maher), John (Kathleen) Mosher, and Emily (Andy) Staryszak; grandchildren, Alyson and Justin Montione, Alex and Danny Rodriguez, Elizabeth and Laura Mosher; brother-in-law, James DeLong Jr.; many nieces, nephews and friends.

John’s academic achievements included a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 from Hobart College, Geneva, N.Y.; a Master of Arts degree in 1961 from Western State College of Colorado, Gunnison, Colo.; and a Ph.D. in 1972 from Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

John also served in the U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Va., from 1956 to 1958.

John spent his professional career as a Professor of Biology and Ecology at the State University of New York at Brockport from 1961 to 1995. He also had the opportunity to teach at the University of Manchester, England; Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa; and California State University, Bakersfield, Calif.

Dr. Mosher was a passionate and gifted teacher who continued teaching long after his retirement. His holistic views of medicine, agriculture, ecology, biology, religion and spiritualism were decades ahead of their time. His teachings reached thousands and were the foundation of contemporary sustainability, organic gardening, and spiritual growth. He taught countless seminars and workshops on topics close to his heart: holistic health, meditation, shamanism, Tai Chi and, most of all, expanding spiritual awareness. He also made himself available to counsel others throughout the years.

John grew up on a farm in Phelps, N.Y. He enjoyed organic gardening and was a lover of nature and the outdoors. For many years, the family tended a large garden and grew much of its own food. He never forgot his rural roots, and he authored the book, “The Green Fields of Home.”

His many experiences included being a lifeguard, cowboy, sailor, pilot, scuba diver, motorcyclist, teacher, researcher, traveler, hiker and healer.

John was surrounded by his loving wife and family during his last days. He continued to teach and counsel, even in his final hours. He will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who was a never-ending source of unconditional love.

Join family and friends to celebrate his life at a memorial service on Sat., Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. at Pullman Universalist Church, 10 E. Park St., Albion NY 14411.

To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com.