Craig Moser, mayor of the Portage County village of Garrettsville and an economics professor at Hiram College, died Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic, reportedly while undergoing heart surgery.
Moser, 66, had been at the helm in Garrettsville since 2003, serving the rural community of about 2,200.
He was appointed to finish a term left by outgoing Mayor Thomas Hardesty, then was elected to that seat, winning more than half of all votes cast in a four-way race. He was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.
“Craig has been a beloved mentor and friend most of my life,” Portage County Commissioner Tommie Jo Marsilio said. “I will miss his leadership, sense of humor, and compassion.”
“I have spent many, many hours at Craig and Becky Moser’s home and most recently had the privilege of serving as a fellow elected official and volunteer on Garrettsville’s volunteer economic development group,” Marsilio said. “This is a loss for the village, the college, and the entire community.”
Moser joined the faculty at Hiram College in 1975, according to the school’s website.
He became associate academic dean in 1985, director of institutional research in 1991, professor of economics in 1995, and served as the department chair from 1978-1983 and again 1998-2001.
He received a bachelor’s degree in economics at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968, and his master’s degree and doctorate from Ohio State University.
On his LinkedIn social networking page, Moser said the highlight of his job was “mentoring students and teaching and engaging students and bringing them new ideas and bridges.”