In Memoriam: Emeritus, Dr. Richard Mosher, 1944-2021


Dear Members of the School,

It is with deep sorrow that I share the sad news that Emeritus, Dr. Richard (Dick) Mosher passed away on Apr 24, 2021. Dick was an Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology, this, in addition to his celebrated coaching career as head coach for both the UBC Thunderbirds men’s and women’s soccer programs. Dick retired from the School of Kinesiology in 2012 having become a faculty member in the School of Physical Education and Recreation (School of Kinesiology) in 1975 as a human growth and development specialist. Dick successfully balanced a scholarly research career, including providing valuable insight into ushering the School from its primary origins as a training ground for physical education teachers and coaches to a comprehensive hub of interdisciplinary learning and research that exists today.

Along with the development of a Coaching Science option, Dick integrated and cultivated the Masters in Human Kinetics (Masters in Kinesiology) program. This program has attracted students from across Canada and worldwide. The program continues to be a proven success no less to the influence and direction provided by Dick. In his early days as an undergraduate student in the School, Dick was a standout soccer player graduating in 1966 with a BPE. He spent fifty years of his life at UBC as a scholar, researcher, mentor, advisor, administrator, supervisor, leader, and renowned coach. No small feat.

Our deepest condolences to the Mosher family.

Dick will be greatly missed by all of us, friends and colleagues.

Robert Boushel
Director and Professor
UBC School of Kinesiology

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