English Department Mourns Passing of Emeritus Faculty Leonard Moss

We regret to report the passing away of emeritus faculty, Leonard Moss, who taught in the  English Department from the 1960s until his retirement in 1989.

His wife, Shaoping Moss, offered the following message:

Leonard Moss, my beloved husband, patient teacher and best friend, passed away on May 28, 2020, at the age of 88. The cause is heart failure. As an ardent scholar and a dedicated writer, Leonard had worked tirelessly on his writing projects one after another, producing 7 or 8 books in his life. He never stopped writing until his last day. He even wrote his own tongue-in-cheek premature obituary a few months ago, and included it at the end of his last book, “Creating an Identity.” Now it has become his formal obituary, which we have published at the Moss family website:https://mossfamilypublications.weebly.com/obituary.html

He was buried at the Gan Shalom Cemetery in Briones, CA. Our small family had a graveside burial ceremony for him on June 2.  A recording of the ceremony can be found at our family website:


Shaoping is collecting remembrances to share on our website. We invite you to share your memories of Len by responding to this email. These will be shared here:


In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Sinai Memorial Chapel Chevra Kadisha. You can learn more about this charitable institution here:


Shaoping, Eli and Sara Moss