Dr. Paul W. Mosher

September 24, 2021




Dr. Paul W. Mosher M.D. 84, died on Sept. 14, 2021 in Albany N.Y., He was a dedicated practitioner of Psychoanalysis and made major contributions to the field, including advances in patient confidentiality and in the digitization of the psychoanalytic literature. Through the American Psychoanalytic Association, he coordinated the funding and production of an amicus brief presented before the Supreme Court (Jaffee v. Redmond). His efforts contributed to the Supreme Court’s establishment of psychotherapist-patient confidentiality privilege. He envisioned and originated a consolidated full text archive of the English language psychoanalytic literature and was a founding board member of Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing.


Dr. Mosher was born in Albany, N.Y. By the time of his graduation from Albany High School, he had manifested his lifelong interest in technology by acquiring licenses for both commercial and amateur radio (W2IVP) operation. Following undergraduate work at Harvard College, he received his medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he met his beloved wife, Paula (Grossman). He trained in both psychiatry and psychoanalysis at Columbia, and practiced for over 50 years in New York City and later in Albany. In addition to his busy medical practice, he was self-taught in several computer languages. He was a talented photographer, and delighted in capturing people and places in unique images. He enjoyed travel with his wife and keeping himself fit.


A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be remembered for his brilliant mind, inexhaustible energy and intellectual generosity, both in his professional pursuits and hobbies. In addition to his wife, Dr. Mosher is survived by his children, Dr. Rebecca Mosher (William Dietrich), William Mosher (Silvia Dovald), and grandchildren Max Dietrich (Amy Berg), Anna Dietrich, Chloe Mosher, Madison Mosher, Noah Mosher, and Mayra Marsollier-Dovald.


Funeral services were held privately. Contributions in his memory can be made to 1) WHRB-FM:  WHRB-FM, 389 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or 2) Harvard College:  Harvard University Alumni and Development Services, PO Box 419209, Boston, MA 02241 with memo to “Dunster House Discretionary Fund”

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