John I. Mosher, Ph.D., died in Albion, New York, on Oct. 21 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 of Hopkinton, and Emily (Andy) Staryszak; grandchildren Alyson and Justin Montione, Alex and Danny Rodriguez, and Elizabeth and Laura Mosher; brother-in-law James DeLong Jr.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
John’s academic achievements included: Hobart College, B.A., 1956; Western State College of Colorado, M.A., 1961; and Utah State University, Ph.D., 1972. John also served in the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1956-58.
John spent his professional career as a professor of biology and ecology at The State University of New York at Brockport from 1961-95. He also had the opportunity to teach at the University of Manchester, England, Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, and California State University, Bakersfield.
Dr. Mosher was a passionate and gifted teacher and 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, New York. He enjoyed organic gardening and was a lover of nature and the outdoors. He never forgot his rural roots and 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.
Family and friends will celebrate his life Nov. 23 at 11 a.m. in a memorial Service held at Pullman Universalist Church, 10 E. Park St., Albion, NY 14411.
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