Paul Mosher Obituary (2021) – Albany, NY

Mosher, Dr Paul WMD VOORHEESVILLE Dr Paul W. Mosher MD, 84, passed away on September 14, 2021 in Albany. He was a dedicated practitioner of psychoanalysis and made major contributions in the field, including advancements in patient privacy and in the digitization of psychoanalytic literature. Through the American Psychoanalytic Association, he coordinated the funding and production of an amicus brief presented to the Supreme Court (Jaffee v. Redmond). His efforts contributed to the Supreme Court’s establishment of the psychotherapist-patient privilege of confidentiality. He imagined and created a consolidated full-text archive of psychoanalytic literature in the English language and was a founding member of the board of directors of Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. Dr. Mosher was born in Albany. By the time of his graduation from Albany High School, he had shown his lifelong interest in technology by acquiring licenses for Commercial and Amateur Radio Operations (W2IVP). After undergraduate studies at Harvard College, he obtained his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he met his beloved wife, Paula (Grossman). He was 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 to capture people and places in unique images. He loved to travel with his wife and keep in shape. Loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be remembered for his brilliant mind, inexhaustible energy and intellectual generosity, both in his professional activities and in his leisure time. Besides his wife, Dr Mosher is survived by his children, Dr Rebecca Mosher (William Dietrich) and William Mosher (Silvia Dovald); and grandchildren, Max Dietrich (Amy Berg), Anna Dietrich, Chloe Mosher, Madison Mosher, Noah Mosher and Mayra Marsollier-Dovald. The funeral was held in private. Contributions to his memory can be made to WHRB-FM via WHRB-FM, 389 Harvard St., Cambridge, MA, 02138 or Harvard College via Harvard University Alumni and Development Services, PO Box 419209, Boston, MA, 02241 with memo to “Dunster House Discretionary Fund.” To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit

Posted by Albany Times Union on September 26, 2021.


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