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Posted Apr 10, 2019
Dr. John “Pete” Mosley Remembered Fondly
1935 - 2019
Leadership and staff at Alabama Public Television are saddened by the passing of former member and past chair of the Alabama Educational Television Commission, Dr. John “Pete” Mosley of Ozark, Ala. Mosley died Sunday, April 7, 2019 at Montgomery hospital. He was 83 years old.
Dr. Mosley served on the governing board for Alabama Public Television for almost 30 years and was well-known to many of the network’s staff in many departments. “Pete,” as everyone knew him, volunteered to be at events, took part in on-air fundraising drives, and helped in other ways as well. Most important, he used his experience as a high school band director, college administrator and professor, and superintendent of education in Ozark City Schools to provide advice to the AETC and APT management.
APT’s chief legal counsel and CFO, Phil Hutcheson, served as APT’s deputy director during the later years of Mosley’s tenure on the board. He said “Dr. Mosley was a tremendous supporter of Alabama Public Television. As an educator, he truly believed in APT’s mission to provide learning opportunities to people everywhere in the state, young and old alike. And because of his experience working in education at many different levels, he could see what the needs were at many levels.”
“Dr. Mosley was always a friendly face, whenever he visited the office for meetings,” says Chief Operating Officer Windell Wood, who has been working for the network nearly 40 years. ”The board isn’t involved in the day-to-day operations of APT, so visits weren’t really frequent, but he always took time to come by my office and our master control room to say hello and ask how we were doing.”
Mike McKenzie, APT’s director of programming and public information, remembers “Dr. Mosley nearly always had a smile on his face, although of course he very often had serious things to discuss. I remember a night when he helped us with a pledge drive and he and I were working together. He was a little nervous about being on camera, which made it hard for him to smile, but he did a terrific job. He knew so much about music that I think people really got a lot out of his observations.”
APT’s executive director, Roy Clem, said “I didn’t have a chance to work with Pete Mosley, but I’ve heard so many great stories about him from our team here. He was an important leader on our board for decades, with a lifelong dedication to education, and continued supporting APT financially all of this life. He also provided tremendous leadership in his church and community for which he will always be remembered.”
Mosley is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sue Ellen Fuller Mosley of Ozark; daughters Ellen Mosley Stone (Gordon) of Pike Road; Patty Mosley Nelson (Jon) of Decatur, GA; granddaughters Sarah Grace Stone and Emily Elizabeth Stone of Pike Road. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Mosley of Greenville, NC; nieces Sheri Mosley Mulling (James) of Raleigh NC; Jeri Mosley O’Dowd (Ed) of New Bern, NC; nephew Robert Mosley of Greenville, NC. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Sarah Fenn and his grandson, Alvin Gordon Stone III.
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