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Hunter College Mourns the Loss of Urban Planning Professor Stanley Moses

Hunter College mourns the passing of Professor Stanley Moses, who died on Friday, May 19, at age 80.

Stanley delighted in the time he spent with students, having taught graduates and undergraduates in the Urban Policy and Planning department since 1971, and serving as chair from 1998 to 2008. The department thrived under Stanley’s leadership, earning a reputation as one of the top Urban Planning Programs in the nation. Stanley had a record of public service in both federal and state government that allowed him to bring his practical insights into the classroom.

Stanley was a proud product of CUNY, a graduate of City College who went on to earn a doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1971. He was widely read, and had an intellectual curiosity that seemed to have no bounds.

Stanley’s scholarship focused on two issues that continued to occupy his attention throughout his long career: equality of educational opportunity and full employment. On the former, he was the author of The Elusive Quest: The Struggle for Equality of Educational Opportunity (1992), a book on school finance reform that he wrote with his Hunter colleague, Edwin Margolis, with a foreword by the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
Stanley’s real passion was to engage people; his most valuable legacy is the example he set by the way he indulged that passion. He had a tireless devotion to students: always the first to sign up for their events, always ready to pose a thoughtful question when they presented, quick to celebrate their accomplishments, and ready to offer a helping hand and assure them he cared.

There was a genuine kindness about Stanley. He regularly visited colleagues to ask how they were doing; took long trips to visit ailing former colleagues; went out of his way to support junior colleagues; and never hesitated to tell senior colleagues to lighten up when they took themselves too seriously.

A memorial service will be held on June 18th, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, at Ansche Chesed (251 W. 100th St., New York, NY). All are welcome. We are establishing a Stanley Moses Fund to support Hunter College students approaching work and life in ways that he would appreciate. For more details about the Memorial on June 18th or the Fund please contact Joshua ( or Daniel (

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