In Memoriam Thomas Mosher


Longtime NAfME member Thomas Mosher (1942–2019) of Lakewood, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, December 14, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with his family by his side.

Thomas Mosher headshot

Photo of Thomas Alfred Mosher courtesy of Orender Family Home,

Mosher was a beloved music teacher and band director for Raritan High School in Hazlet, New Jersey, for thirty-three years. Some of the recognitions he received during his teaching years include the Governor’s Teacher of the Year Award (1996–97), the All Shore Band Directors Association Award (1998), and the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) in 2012. He also served as the editor of the NJMEA’s Tempo magazine for more than 20 years.

As a clarinetist and assistant director of the Greater Shore Concert Band, Mosher performed a clarinet solo during the band’s Carnegie Hall performance in 2017.

In addition to being a coin collector, Mosher enjoyed cruises with his wife Kathy (neé Kathleen Pregun) of 54 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation 7151 N. Main Street, Suite 2 Clarkston, MI 48346 or by going online to

This article was adapted from Thomas Mosher’s obituary.


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