Robert Gordon Mosley, age 81, of Danbury passed peacefully on Sunday July 10, 2016 at Regional Hospice and Home Care. He was the husband of the late Margaret Anne (Hughes) Mosley. He was born in Portland, Maine on February 19, 1935, a son of the late Philip G. and Sigrid (Simonsen) Mosley. At 18, he joined the Marine Corps, proudly serving in the Korean War. He was a Life Member of the First Marine Division Association; a member of the Danbury Area Korean War Veterans and the Catholic War Veterans.
Most great running races have a pivotal point in the course where leaders can separate from the pack while others begin to fade—iconic examples include the Boston Marathon’s daunting Heartbreak Hill, the climb up the Queensboro Bridge in the New York City Marathon and the grueling Cemetery Hill in Van Cortland Park’s famed 5K course. While it may lack the flash and celebrity of these obstacles, Waveny’s FCIAC Cross Country Championship course has its own formidable entry that has earned near-mythical status here in New Canaan: Mosley Hill. Located southeast of the main house, the hill stretches about a quarter mile from the edge of the woods right up to the house itself. The FCIAC Championship course—upon which scores of athletes will descend Monday, race day—has undergone several different incarnations since the race moved to Waveny in the 1980s. Even so, whatever route the runners have taken has always worked in the hill, named after the legendary coach of the New Canaan High School cross country and track teams, Bob Mosley.