Lee Mosley passed away at his home in the Adams Point neighborhood of Oakland, California, on Monday, September 12, 2011, at age 90.
He was born Leaown Jackson Mosley, Jr. on May 4, 1921 at Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, the only child of Leaown Jackson Mosley, a baker, and Ida Irene Robertson.
Lee began his life in Cabool, Missouri, his mother’s hometown; his father hailed from Clarinda, Iowa. During his childhood, his family moved from Missouri to Ukiah, California, where his father and mother worked for the state mental health institution.
Lee joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in a logistics capacity in the South Pacific. Lee studied at the University of Southern California (USC), where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1949. He later served for the American Red Cross during the Korean War. His main career was as the medical librarian at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), from April 1968 until his retirement in June 1983.
Lee was a lover of classical music and the performing arts, volunteering at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum in San Francisco. He was a dear friend to his poodles, Moussifer, Chloe, and Luke, in the last fifteen years.
Lee was a daily crossword puzzle enthusiast. Lee’s maternal grandfather was a physician, and when Lee was just three years old, he worked on crosswords sitting in his grandfather’s lap while accompanying him on horse-and-buggy house calls in Cabool. Lee continued to work on crosswords throughout his life, well past his 90th birthday. He lived an active life, living independently, maintaining his physical health and intellectual acuity, and driving his car until the age of 89.
Though he long ago moved away from Cabool, Lee remained an active subscriber to the Cabool Enterprise.
Lee leaves behind a cousin in Ukiah.
A remembrance for Lee was held by neighbors and friends in Adams Point on Sunday, September 18, 2011.