Howard Dean Moberly

February 5, 1934March 9, 2013

Moberly, Howard Dean, Ph.D, 79, a resident of Montgomery, passed away on Saturday, March 09, 2013. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ardith Moberly. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy, and two sisters, Patsinell Kohlmeyer and Evelyn MaVeety, both of Evansville, Indiana and six nieces. He served in the United States Air Force from 1953 – 1957, prior to beginning university studies. He holds degrees from Abilene Christian University, Texas Tech University and Texas A & M University. He retired in 1997 as Professor of Economics at Auburn University at Montgomery at which time he was named “Professor Emeritus of Economics”, an indication of his distinguished career. He was a member of numerous professional societies and was co-editor of the Southern Business and Economics Journal for many years. He was a faithful member of the University Church of Christ and a supporter of numerous worldwide mission efforts. Memorial donations may be made to the University Church of Christ Benevolent Fund. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Alabama Heritage Funeral Home.


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Judy and Ed Kamnikar

March 21, 2013


Our sympathy and support to you as we all move forward without Dean. We are greatful for having Dean in our lives for almost thirty years. He was a wonderful person who touched many lives in a most positive way.

Mel Myers

March 18, 2013

Rest in peace Dean.

Mel Myers (classmate of Dean's sister, Lucille)

March 17, 2013

Aunt Dorothy,
Uncle Dean was a great uncle with quite a sense of humor. When I was old enough to say these words, he taught me to say, "I am a ubiquitous and gregarious person and I demonstrate perspicacity in all that I do." :)
I remember your gardening and wonderful meals when we visited. You both were very kind.
I still have the letter that you both wrote to me when I was baptized. It is in a special scrapbook.
I appreciate the way you both included my input as a young child when Grandma was considering the move to Montgomery to retire.
I remember our visit when you lived in Houston, too. We went to the Astrodome and had a great lunch.
He also helped a great deal in my genealogy research providing a good deal of material describing family life.
Thank you for your loving cards, letters and hospitality.
Uncle Dean will be fondly remembered.
Love, Debbie

March 16, 2013

As a classmate of his sister, Lucille, I would like to express my condolences
to the entire family.

William J. Bogard, M.D.
Plymouth, Michigan

Joy Clark

March 12, 2013

I will miss our conversations about economics and Texas A&M. You are the reason I chose to attend TAMU.

March 12, 2013

Dear Dorothy

Nancy and I were very saddened to hear of Dean's passing. Our sympathies and prayers are with you. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend the memorial service for Dean, as we will be on our way to Hawaii. But we will be thinking of you.

Dean and I were co-workers in the AUM Department of Economics for almost 20 years before he retired. As such we got to know each other quite well.

Dean was one of the most valuable members of the department and of the School of Business over that period of time. He was a dedicated teacher, hard worker and never shirked his duty in any capacity.

An example of this was his support when I suggested that the Center for Business publish a profession journal. There was not a lot of support for the idea, but Dean chipped right in and agreed to be the Co-editor of the Alabama Business and Economics Journal, which later became and remains today as The Southern Business and Economics Journal. He continued in this capacity for about 17 or 18 years until he retired. And by that time he was the primary editor. Although I was still a co-editor, Dean did the lion's share of the work.

Another example of his dedication is the effort he put forward in our AUM Annual Business and Economics Conference. He was always ready to discuss topic, suggest speakers and do anything to make the conferences a success. And very importantly, he was very instrumental in helping to get financial support for them. Without his support, the conferences would not have been the successes they were. The result was that the Economics
Department was able to finance travel funds for faculty to attend and present professional papers and to pay for submittal and publication fees to professional journals.

In addition, Dean was for many years the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Business, and devoted many hours to the guidance of graduate students.

Dean was the most reliable faculty member I ever knew. He never missed a class unless away on professional business such a presenting a paper, and then always made sure his classes were covered by others.

The dedication shown by Dr. H. Dean Moberly is rare today, and was rare even them. He was truly a good man.

Again our sympathies to you. We know that you will miss Dean greatly. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

A. Wayne Lacy
Former Chairman of the Economics Department, AUM

Wallace Taylor

March 12, 2013

I am so sad to hear the news of Deans passing . Dean was a very dear friend and mentor to me . It was a pleasure building the custom farm toys he enjoyed collecting . He was a great man of faith and never forgot where he came from and who was in control of his life .

Dan Garrett

March 11, 2013

Donna and I are so very grateful we were able to visit Dean (and Dorothy) in his home before returning to Abilene last December. He was his cheerful self. We never dreamed it would be the last time we would see him this side of Jordan but we shall see him again. Thank you Father for people of Faith and Service like Dean Moberly.

March 11, 2013

Dr.Moberly will be missed at our dealership. Do not think I ever saw Dr Moberly with out a tie. He was very good to me thru his years of buying cars. Always enjoyed his visits and conversation. Our thoughts to Mrs Moberly. danny brantley