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In Memoriam: Longtime Barney Faculty Member Paul Moschella

Posted 03/12/2014
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Associate Professor Emeritus of Management Paul Moschella, a faculty member in the Barney School of Business for more than 30 years, died on Feb. 28 at the age of 89.

“Many of us knew Paul as a fixture in the department for many years,” wrote Associate Professor Jerry Katrichis, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing, in a letter informing Barney faculty and staff of Moschella’s death. “There were few Saturdays that Paul wasn’t in his office working on his pedagogical software, and even fewer times that you would see him without a smile on his face.”

Professor of Management John Ogilvie said that “Paul Moschella was a colleague who was always smiling and looking at things in a positive light.  He worked his way up the academic ladder through hard work, including developing his own strategy simulation when most people were just talking about it.”

Moschella was a United States Army veteran of World War II. Upon his return from service, he attended MIT, where he earned a BSME in 1947 and a BSIE in 1949. He soon acquired an MSEE from RPI and ultimately earned his PhD in business from the University of Massachusetts.

During the early part of his career, Moschella worked as Chief Industrial Engineer at United Aircraft's Hamilton Standard Division, and as Chief of Manufacturing Planning for United Aircraft Corporate Systems Center. After serving in those positions, he became Director of Operations, Military Systems Division, for Lockheed Electronics Co.

But according to Moschella’s obituary, education was his lifelong passion. “Being himself a beneficiary of education, the importance of passing on to future generations the need to learn was uppermost in Paul's mind.”

Moschella served as an adjunct professor of management at the Hartford Graduate Center of RPI, and in 1970 he joined the University of Hartford, where he taught strategy in business until his retirement in 2002.

See Moschella's obituary in the Hartford Courant, and leave online condolences.