Jack Moseley, 71, CEO, chairman of USF&G

January 20, 2003|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Jack Moseley, a native of Alabama who became a major Baltimore booster while serving as chairman of USF&G Corp., died Friday of cancer at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala. He was 71 and had lived for the past five years in Fort Gaines, Ga.

Mr. Moseley's causes included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Museum of Art, local public broadcasting, the Colts, the Orioles, the Center Club, and the state and national Republican Party, according to his family and friends.

He also served on the boards of directors of about a dozen major local companies, the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and the national Chamber of Commerce and was a trustee of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

FOR THE RECORD - The name of Baltimore lawyer Earle K. Shawe, who was quoted in an obituary Monday for Jack Moseley, was misspelled.
The Sun regrets the errors.

Upon the announcement of Mr. Moseley's departure from USF&G in 1990, an editorial in The Sun called him an emblem of an era and "a driving force behind efforts to promote the Baltimore region, as well as generous corporate giving to the city's charitable and cultural institutions."

Mr. Moseley stepped down after a 37-year career with USF&G as the insurance company brought in new leadership.

In May 1991, hundreds of people attended a luncheon tribute to him sponsored by the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, a quasi-public group that he had founded in 1982 at the request of then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer to promote the Baltimore Convention Center and tourism.

But Mr. Moseley was a no-show, having left town for his second home in Cashiers in the mountains of southwest North Carolina, said his son, Edward Moseley of Melbourne Beach, Fla., who represented his father at the luncheon.

"Jack did not want this tribute," then-Rep. Helen Delich Bentley told the crowd, but they nonetheless were determined to honor him.

In an era when the city still had a number of corporate headquarters, "he was one of those business leaders who wanted to keep all the headquarters guys active in supporting Baltimore civic activities and helping to develop this area," Mrs. Bentley said recently.

She called him a committed Republican "who felt very strongly about Maryland becoming a two-party state." He served as campaign finance chairman during her unsuccessful bids for Congress in 1980 and 1982. Later, he served on her finance committee during the successful campaigns that followed.

Earle K. Shawe, a Baltimore lawyer who did work for USF&G, served with Mr. Moseley on the BSO board when the new symphony hall was being built. "He played a big role in helping to raise that money," Mr. Shawe said.

"Baltimore had a powerful business community, and Jack Moseley was always the leader. He was a very dynamic guy," Mr. Shawe said.

Mr. Moseley was born and reared in Birmingham. In 1952, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from Auburn University. He also studied law for two years at Auburn and had an actuarial degree, as well as honorary degrees from Loyola University and Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala.

He began working after college as an actuary for USF&G in its Birmingham office and transferred to Baltimore in 1956. He was named an executive vice president in 1971, and president in 1978. He added the titles of chairman and chief executive officer in 1980.

The family lived in Hampstead and Westminster for many years, before moving to the city in 1980, said his son. Although not particularly a sports fan, his father worked diligently to keep the Colts and the Orioles in town, he said.

"Dad was a firm believer in the city of Baltimore and USF&G in particular," said Edward Moseley. "He wanted to help Baltimore maintain its sporting arenas. Even though he was born and raised in Birmingham, Baltimore was his new home. ... Everything to do with Baltimore, he was involved with."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Fort Gaines United Methodist Church.

In addition to his son, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Patsy Blake; sons Jack Moseley Jr. of Montrose, Colo., and Glynn E. Moseley of Fort Gaines, Ga.; and three grandchildren.

Sun staff writer Jonathan Bor contributed to this article.

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