Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, 85 June 26, 1936 – July 23, 2021

In Memoriam

Dr. Robert D. Moynihan, 85

June 26, 1936 – July 23, 2021

Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan

Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, professor emeritus of English Literature at the State University of New York Oneonta passed away on the 23rd of July 2021 at the age of 85. Robert was deeply loved by his family and close friends from all over the world. He was born on the 26th of June, 1936 in Denver, Colorado. His early childhood and adolescent years were spent there, as well as, Grand Junction, Durango and Aspen where he won a scholarship to a summer program for the arts igniting a lifelong passion for classical music.

Robert graduated from Regis College in Denver Colorado and then completed a masters degree in English Literature at the university of Colorado, Boulder. After earning a PhD. from the university of Arizona Dr. Moynihan went on to do his post-doctoral work at Yale.

In the lates 60’s Robert began teaching at the State University of New York Oneonta where he taught English Literature for over 40 years. Dr. Moynihan was widely admired by his colleagues and students for his erudition and commitment to his profession. Robert’s writing has been published from local papers to the New York Times. He was a dedicated classical pianist and a committed supporter of the arts in his community and beyond. His brilliant mind, generous nature and creative spirit nurtured so many

Robert was a true renaissance man.

Robert is survived by his wife of 23 years Vesna Moynihan, his daughter Moira (Frank) Napolitano, daughter Brigit Moynihan, and grand daughter Claire Napolitano.

A memorial will be planned for the fall. In lieu of flowers the family requests gifts be made to any arts institution of your choosing.

2 thoughts on “Dr. Robert Duncan Moynihan, 85 June 26, 1936 – July 23, 2021

  1. Scott H. Rubin

    I loved Robert as a teacher in Oneonta!!! He truly inspired me and actually liked a poem I wrote. I thought of him since I was talking to family about the newly built Moynihan station in NYC.

    Sorry to hear but he did live a rich life.

    Thanks to teachers like him!

  2. Tracy Kinney Dickson

    I remember Dr. Moynihan with great fondness. He was inspirational as both a professor and a person. I remember him as having a very intellectual, yet joyful and sometimes sardonic, approach to Instruction that challenged his students while at the same time reminded them that the “life of the mind” is best nurtured by a playful, curious spirit. I’m sad to learn of his passing.

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