Former SUNY Cortland Women's Athletic Director dies at 91

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – M. Louise Moseley, former SUNY Cortland Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics and a C-Club Hall of Fame member, passed away on December 28, 2015, in Gaffney, S.C., at age 91.

Moseley taught at Cortland from 1962 until her retirement in 1985 as emerita professor of physical education. She served as the College's Director of Women's Athletics from 1966-78 and was a pioneer behind the development of the women's intercollegiate athletics program during the pre-Title IX era. She also served as Cortland's Women's Athletic Association (WAA) and Women's Intramural advisor from 1964-68.

Moseley attended the first Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) meeting to help organize the umbrella organization for women's sports. She also helped create the New York State Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NYSAIAW) and served on its Executive Committee. Under Moseley, the Red Dragon women's basketball team went to the first national tournament ever held for women, while the volleyball team competed in a national tournament in Florida.

Her teaching responsibilities were mainly in the area of adapted physical education for mentally and physically handicapped persons. Moseley and Suzzane Wills taught a course titled Physical Education for the Exceptional Child years before key legislation such as the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act existed. In 1970, they established the Cortland College Easter Seals Camp, which used physical education majors as summer camp counselors for children with disabilities in Cortland County.

In addition, Moseley was in charge of women's camping and outdoor education programs at the College's William H. Parks Family Center for Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake. In the 2005, the Glass Dining Room at Raquette Lake's Camp Huntington was named in her honor by Theta Pi sorority.

Moseley graduated from Limestone College in her native Gaffney and later earned a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Sarasota. She worked at Blue Mountain College in Mississippi, North Carolina's Brevard College and Greensboro College, the University of Maryland, and Rock Terrace Special School in Maryland prior to her arrival at Cortland.

Moseley was inducted into the Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame as an honorary member in 1985. Since 2002, Cortland Athletics has given the M. Louise Moseley Award at its end-of-year banquet to a senior female athlete who has demonstrated both strong leadership skills and athletic achievement.

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