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FRANKLIN MOFFETT "Frank" MOSIER

Frank was born on May 15, 1929, in Mt. Ayr, Iowa and passed away on June 13, 2014, in Alameda, California. He is survived by Diane, his wife of 54 years, son Eugene, daughter Jennifer with her husband Roger Billerey-Mosier, and grandson Jano Mosier Linse. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving from September 1951 to August 1953, during which time the U.S. Army utilized his skills in mathematics, photography and journalism. Frank was active in the arts and education for all of his life, graduating from William Jewell College and earning an MFA in playwriting from the State University of Iowa. He was a past member of the Actors' Studio Playwrights' group and a continuing alumni member of the New Dramatists. He was associated with The Actor's Place at St. Luke's, New York City, for six years; as managing director of that group in 1972, he served on the original board of directors of the Off-Off-Broadway Alliance. Concurrently, for 15 years he was associated with Quintano's School for Young Professionals in New York City, as head of the English department and assistant principal. In 1989 he was instrumental in founding the Lively Arts Foundation and its resident Central California Ballet in Fresno, CA. Along with Diane, who is the organization's Artistic Director. Frank served in various roles including Stage Director, Librettist, Acting Coach, and Press Coordinator. Frank was notable for his outstanding mentorship of young people pursuing lives in the arts and nurturing under-recognized intellects. He will be missed by many for his erudition, creativity and good nature. Frank loved horticulture but preferred the idea of "optimistic observances" in memoriam. With this in mind, the family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in his honor to the Lively Arts Foundation at LivelyArts.org. For Frank's last poem, and information on the developing Frank Moffett Mosier Prize for New Works, please visit www.frankmoffettmosier.com

Published in the Fresno Bee on June 29, 2014
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