OBITUARY

Dr. William Joseph Moulds, Sr.

Passed away on June 8, 2019
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William Joseph Moulds, retired Howard County Supervisor of Mathematics and Towson University professor, died peacefully on June 8, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Lee Moulds, loving father of Cara Moulds and her husband, Jim Beck, and William Moulds Jr. and his wife Livia Moulds, devoted grandfather to James Ryan Carr and Liam Beck, Chris Mandes and Carrie Dipetro, great-grandfather to Harry and Evelyn Carr.

Bill Moulds graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1955 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters from Indiana University, and a PhD from University of Maryland, College Park. He taught mathematics at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was active in their alumni association. He was the Supervisor of Mathematics in Howard County until his retirement. He also taught mathematics education classes at Towson University. He was an active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sweet Air and a volunteer for Senior Box Office.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and in St. John's Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, Maryland 21131 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 10:30 am to11:00 am with a Celebration of Life beginning at 11:00 am. Interment the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Expansion Fund at St. John's Lutheran Church, c/o St. John's Lutheran Church at the above address or visit www.stjohnssweetair.org

Obituary by Jacques Kelly published on June 12, 2019 in the Baltimore Sun:

William Joseph Moulds Sr., a retired mathematics chair at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Howard County mathematics supervisor, died of heart and kidney failure Saturday at Seasons Hospice at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The longtime resident of Phoenix in Baltimore County was 81. Born in Baltimore and raised on South Lakewood Avenue in Southeast Baltimore, he was the son of Edward L. Moulds, a Baltimore Transit Co. streetcar operator and his wife, Magdeline Wright. He was a 1955 graduate of Poly who sang in the glee club, was a film projectionist and performed in the Poly Follies. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and a doctorate from University of Maryland, College Park. “He was outgoing and was a happy guy,” said Clarence Clawson, a friend for 65 years who lives in Baldwin. “In our senior year of high school, we decided to go into education. One of our buddies told us he was relieved because he never wanted to drive over a bridge that Bill and I designed if we had gone into engineering.” Mr. Moulds joined the Baltimore City Schools and taught math at Hampstead Hill Middle School. In 1964 he joined the Poly faculty and taught mathematics until 1977 and was math department head from 1970 to 1977. He was then named assistant principal at Poly and held the post until 1982. “He was an excellent teacher and had a great personality. From day one you could tell he cared about his students and made us work hard,” said Adrian Palazzi, a Towson resident and one of his former students. “He was also a person who gave back. He gave to the school and the alumni association.” Mr. Moulds created an early course in how to use and program an early generation of computers. “I remember his computer was early and it was the size of a classroom. It was a key punch machine and it had to be air-conditioned when no other room in the school was cooled except for the front office,” said his son, William J. Moulds Jr. of Alexandria, Va. “He also co-wrote a student text for the use of FORTRAN.” Mr. Moulds started teaching at Poly when the school was at North Avenue and North Calvert Street, the building that is now the Baltimore City school system central office. He assisted in moving his mathematics department to the school’s new campus on West Cold Spring Lane in 1967. Mr. Moulds then moved to Howard County, where he became supervisor of mathematics for the public schools until his 1991 retirement. He also taught mathematics at Towson University until 2002 “He was absolutely the most fantastic leader of math you could imagine. He was personable and had a thorough knowledge of calculus and all levels of math,” said Mary Jo Messenger, a retired teacher and former department head at Centennial and River Hill high schools. “He led us through the years when he provided the opportunity for us attend to National Council of Teachers of Mathematics meetings,” she said. “He was there at a time of change in the county. Computers were coming in, and so were hand-held calculators. He was thoughtful and encouraging, urging us to incorporate the new technology. He was supportive, wise and gentle. He was also inspiring.”

His daughter, Cara Moulds, a Baltimore resident, said: “He looked for the best in people and he often found it. He challenged himself to grow intellectually and personally. He loved mathematics and was a teacher through and through. He was also the life of the party. He loved music and dancing, and could make people laugh.” She said Mr. Moulds could make math comprehensible to confused students. “As a teacher, he liked nothing better than achieving that light bulb moment of getting students to understand a concept for the first time,” she said. Mr. Moulds was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he was the 1976-1978 Church Council president. He was also master of a Boy Scouts troop from 1978 to 1980. He lived in Phoenix for many years and most recently lived in Oak Crest Village in Parkville. He was a Senior Box Office volunteer in the Baltimore County Department of Aging. A life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road in Phoenix. In addition to his son and daughter, survivors include his wife of 59 years, M. Lee Lyter, a retired registered nurse; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • Committal Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Rich Schurman

June 13, 2019

This is a story about my Uncle Bill's generosity. At our yearly family Holiday lunch in 2006, we were both talking about how we always wanted to attend an Army-Navy football game. The following spring, Bill called me and said that the 2007 game was being played here in Baltimore. The only way he knew to get tickets was to get season tickets to the Navy games, and then we would have access to the Army-Navy game. He said that if I was interested, he would pay for the tickets if I drove to the games. I said "of course!". At an early season game it was extremely hot. We were in the upper deck and I was roasting. I told Bill that I was going down below for awhile to get out of the sun. He said that if I was so miserable we could leave, so I chose to leave. It was the 3rd quarter and Navy was losing. On the way down the ramp, Bill told me a story about how his brother Eddie once left a Colts game early, and the Colts came back to win. When we got to our car we heard a roar from the crowd. Navy had scored, and eventually came back to win. Bill never let me forget that! On Dec. 1st at the Army-Navy game, we had a great time. However, it was extremely cold!. After the initial kick-off, Bill looked at me and said "Well kiddo, we did it - here we are!" I had two thoughts. The first was 'Here I am at one of the biggest sports events in the country. I can cross this off my bucket list all because of my Uncle Bill's notorious generosity. My second thought was 'It's freezing out here, but I will not suggest leaving THIS game early!'

Karen McDonough

June 11, 2019

I am so saddened by the loss of Bill. He was a truly wonderful man and volunteer for Senior Box Office where I met Bill and worked with him for almost 7 years. Senior Box Office travelers always enjoyed going on trips with Bill (and Lee when she was Bill's co-host). Bill's sense of humor and gentleman ways will be missed by all. I hope he is finally feeling "peachy keen."

Geoffrey Holland

June 10, 2019

He was always so proud that I went to Poly and for years we would go to the alumni dinner at Martin's West, the Tue before Thanksgiving. There was always a bond because of that school.
Also, I thought it was so cool when he signed a copy of his computer programming book that we were using at school. I was like: "Yeah, I know the author."
Really I was just a computer dork.

ED COMPHER

June 10, 2019

I will always remember Bill as a good friend, compassionate and one who lived out his life as a faithful servant of our Lord .

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Biography

William Joseph Moulds, retired Howard County Supervisor of Mathematics and Towson University professor, died peacefully on June 8, 2019. He was the beloved husband of Lee Moulds, loving father of Cara Moulds and her husband, Jim Beck, and William Moulds Jr. and his wife Livia Moulds, devoted grandfather to James Ryan Carr and Liam Beck, Chris Mandes and Carrie Dipetro, great-grandfather to Harry and Evelyn Carr.

Bill Moulds graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in 1955 and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Johns Hopkins University, a Masters from Indiana University, and a PhD from University of Maryland, College Park. He taught mathematics at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and was active in their alumni association. He was the Supervisor of Mathematics in Howard County until his retirement. He also taught mathematics education classes at Towson University. He was an active member of St. Johns Lutheran Church in Sweet Air and a volunteer for Senior Box Office.

The family will receive friends in the LEMMON FUNERAL HOME OF DULANEY VALLEY INC., 10 W. Padonia Road (at York Road) Timonium, Maryland 21093 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2:00 pm to
4:00 pm and 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and in St. John's Lutheran Church, 3911 Sweet Air Road, Phoenix, Maryland 21131 on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 10:30 am to11:00 am with a Celebration of Life beginning at 11:00 am. Interment the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Expansion Fund at St. John's Lutheran Church, c/o St. John's Lutheran Church at the above address or visit www.stjohnssweetair.org