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Pfeiffer University mourns the death of Dr. Jean Mobley, professor emeritus of mathematics

jeanmobley1Pfeiffer University has learned of the death on Dec. 1, 2012 of Dr. Jean Mobley, professor emeritus of mathematics.

Dr. Mobley, whose career began as a public school teacher of math, chemistry, biology, general science, algebra and geometry, transitioned to teaching at the college level, eventually heading the math departments at Flora McDonald College and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. In 1963, she arrived at Pfeiffer where over the next 32 years she would teach education as well as math. Before she retired in 1995, she would serve as head of both the math and secondary education departments.

While at Pfeiffer, Dr. Mobley served as a faculty advisor, chairman of the teacher education committee and as a member of the computer and exceptional student committees. In 1968, she authored Supervision of Math, published by education publisher Scott Foresman.

In addition to Delta Kappa Gamma, the international professional honorary society for women educators, her professional memberships include the math division of the North Carolina Academy of Science, National Education Association, North Carolina Association of Educators, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, North Carolina Teachers of Mathematics, and North Carolina Association of College and Teacher Educators, for which she served as institutional representative and president for the division of higher education. She also served as a consultant for the NC State Department of Public Instruction, conducting workshops on math and the metric system.

Born in Norfolk, Va., in 1927, Dr. Mobley earned a bachelor of arts degree from Duke University in 1946 and a master of arts in math in 1948 and doctorate in math education in 1960 from UNC Chapel Hill. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wade Mobley, and is survived by two children, Larry (Caryl) of Hendersonville, N.C., and Julia (William) Rodenbeck of Marrietta, Ga.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Fri., Dec. 7, 1 p.m., at the Williamston City Cemetery, Williamston, N.C. On Tues., Dec. 11 at 11 a.m., a memorial service will take place in the Lingle Chapel of Davidson Presbyterian Church, Davidson, N.C., where she was a member. Memorial gifts may be directed to Davidson Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box, 337, Davidson, N.C., 28036, or The Pines at Davidson Support Group, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, N.C., 28036.

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Libby Ross Fletcher 12/04/2012 (11:23 pm)  
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I remember Dr. Mobley with great admiration and affection. Beautiful smile and personality that will always be a part of my Pfeiffer memories.

Dr. Ying Yaemsiri-King 12/05/2012 (1:43 pm)  
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There was no one quite like Dr. Mobley. She was kind, smart and great sense of humor. You will be greatly missed and not forgotten.

Chip Gore 12/22/2012 (9:44 pm)  
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I was in several of her classes at Pfeiffer.
She was a true Southern Belle and outstanding professor.


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