Leonard Moses

January 6, 1932April 24, 2021
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It is with profound sadness that I share with all that my father, Leonard Moses, has passed away on Saturday April 24, 2021 at the age of 89.

Leonard was born in Brooklyn New York to Simon and Betty (Schwalb) Moses. After graduating from South Philadelphia High School for Boys in 1949, he attended the University of Rochester to pursue his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music. He later attended Catholic University for his Masters Degree in Music. In 1954, he married Alice Irma Prather. During this time, he served in the United States Navy and played with the Navy Band. Leonard and Alice raised a daughter Robin and a son Peter.

Leonard's entire life was music. After learning the French Horn he then began piano. Which remained his primary instrument throughout his career in music. He later became a Composer In Residence, writing music manually and later on his computer. Leonard loved being around people and making many friends throughout his life. He loved reading books and traveling with his wife. He especially loved walking in Annapolis and seeing the water. Everyone he knew, both privately and professionally loved being with him and around him. His laughter smile and kindness being so very infectious. He always had nothing but the kindest things to say about everyone. He loved life, his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his many friends and students. He brought music into everyone's life.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Simon and Betty. The love of his life, Alice, passed away in August 2013. He is survived by his sister, Janette; his brother Harvey and his children Robin and Peter. He is also survived by his Son-In-Law Dusty and his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401 on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 2 to 4 PM. A Funeral Service will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 11 am. Interment in Saint Anne’s Cemetery. Memorials in his name may be sent to 21 Water Street Annapolis MD 21401.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021


  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021


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Lisa Gandy

May 13, 2021

I remember Mr. Moses as sweet gentle kind man, he loved teaching at suitland High School! I remember him always being kind to me.

Val Bates

May 13, 2021

I was in Mr. Moses's piano class at Suitland High. It was a pick I made when called my Guidance counselor called during summer that I needed to register for a few more classes for my senior year. . Appears something had happened with the schedule I had chosen like something dropped from the class offers for the next school session.

Needing more classes, my counselor (she) asked was there anything I thought about doing/would like to do - I mentioned I always wanted to learn to play the piano.
She thought I jest because the piano was something new that had been added.

I learned the rudiments of music; but most of all - life lessons in Mr. Moses class.

Mr. Moses cared for the whole person - not just the ability of touching the keys :)

I am quite sure Mr. Moses will be missed.

My fond memories - first being the pat on the head and he saying to my mom - she's a good girl/kid. This is when the we kids walked our parent(s) to the classrooms to meet our teachers during a teacher/parent evening meeting.

And in the class room - I still have the fond memory of if someone asking a non-piano question about some situations as some students did and Mr. Moses would respond - in a I don't know - my name is Moses Not God :)

Mr. Moses memories live on.

My condolences to the family as you continue living your lives with the beautiful memories on their major and minor scales.

Thanks for sharing Mr. Moses with us.

Jenise Nelson

May 8, 2021

Mr. Moses,
You will be forever remembered. You took my love of music and transformed a musician into a violinist. As an orchestra teacher, you inspired me to go beyond what I thought I was capable of. You were and inspiration to many. Because of you, I had my first professional concert at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Forever grateful for your guidance. C/O 92

Elbie Williams

May 4, 2021

Mr Moses was my music teacher at Suitland High School 1982-1986. He is one of the main reasons I became a music teacher! I loved his kind words, his push to make me better, his patience with me playing basketball and running to the auditorium after basketball practice to perform with the madrigals in concerts! REST IN PEACE MR MOSES!! RAMS4LIFE!!

Lauretta Williams

May 4, 2021

While teaching music at Suitland H.S., Leonard created a wealth of rich memories for both students and adults. He is one former colleague I think of often because he loved his students and loved creating new, interesting, and challenging learning opportunities for them. Those of us who were blessed by the fruits of his labor, recognized that Moses taught his students more than music. He taught them love, perseverance, and community. Thank you, Moses, for touching the hearts and lives of so many African American students. RIP.

Pamela Clemmons

May 4, 2021

Mr. Moses was my music teacher from 1981-1983 and brought such joy to our classes! He was always so patient with me playing Moonlight Sonata EVERY TIME it was my turn in piano class! He was passionate about his purpose and we felt loved! I also had the pleasure of being coached in Madrigals, one of the highlights of my Suitland years! I will miss him greatly, he holds a special place in my heart.

Terence Towler

May 4, 2021

This man single-handedly is responsible for how i hear and see music. I can hear his Bach stories in my head when reading any 4 part harmony. Mr. Moses changed alot of lives with his passion and love of music. His legacy will be forever in all of his gifted and non gifted students.

Vicki (Mason) Sanchez

May 3, 2021

Mr Leonard Moses
The greatest music composer EVER! I Enjoyed each and every day in your classroom, You made it magical. And how many of us remember or still have the EPIC album we made and performed at our Graduation class of 1977?
Dear Old Suitland High School ?He would stand on his podium and conduct the most Beautiful Music. La cremosa or Hallelujah ANNND The only man, I know, who has EVER! been to the mountain ....
I miss you so 😔
Whenever I visit Maryland, I always visited Annapolis and would reminisce about the stories of you and the sea captain ghost. What a lovely Town.
Your music, your grace, your smile and your perfection .. I remember then, I will remember always..
What a Magnificent soul .. gone but never forgotten 🦋

Gail Murdock

April 29, 2021

Every time I hear the Hallelujah Chorus I remember Mr Moses. He was such a good music teacher and made everyone feel welcome in his class.

Beverly Craycraft-Isabelle

April 29, 2021

Participating in Mr. Moses choir and music class, from 1967 to 1970, brings back cherished memories from high school at Suitland. He was a very accomplished teacher, but most of all caring. I have many fond memories of him. He will be missed by many.


Playing piano and teaching at Suitland Senior High School


Playing piano. Oh how he loved playing piano


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Dad and his best friend Elizabeth


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