The reception to honor this year’s Monticello High School Hall of Fame recipients, Dr. Patricia Mosser (Class of 1974), and Dr. David Whisnant (Class of 1961), as well as the Sports Hall of Fame inductees including Dick Sumner (Class of 1966), Lucy Coleman (Class of 2008), Kyle Dooley (Class of 2008), the 1965-1966 Boys Basketball Team and their Coach, Bob Trimble will be held in the High School Media Center from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14. Family and friends of these outstanding individuals are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served and plaques will be displayed during the reception.
The formal presentation of plaques for this year’s Hall of Fame recipients will be made at 6:45 p.m. on the football field. The Sports Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized during the half-time celebration. Family and friends are invited to attend the reception and field presentation honoring these fine Monticello High School individuals, team and coach.
Dr. Patricia Mosser
Trish Mosser is a 1974 graduate of Monticello High School. She was a member of National Honor Society and participated in many extracurricular activities including madrigals, band, choir, track and field, volleyball, theatre, speech competition and served as captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. After graduation, Trish received a B.A. from Wellesley College in Mathematics and Economics, a M.Sc. degree with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Trish’s interest in economic policy started in a college classroom, but was confirmed by her first job at an economic forecasting company in the late 1970s and early 1980s, a period when poor economic policy led to inflation and stagnation. The importance of macroeconomic policy is delivering good (and bad) economic outcomes and has been at the core of her professional life ever since.
Since 2015 Trish has been on the faculty of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is Director of the Program in Economic Policy Management and leads the school’s Initiative on Central Banking and Financial Policy. For the previous 25 years, she was deeply involved in economic and financial policy as a central banker at the Federal Reserve and at the U.S. Treasury. She served as Director of Research at the Office of Financial Research, U.S. Treasury Department and spent over 20 years as an economist and senior manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before, during and after the 2007-2009 financial crisis, she was a senior manager at the Fed’s open market desk overseeing monetary policy analysis and operations, including the creation of many crisis-related policies and facilities. Her research includes work on monetary policy, financial and economic booms and busts, and the reforms needed to make the financial system safer. She has served as an advisor to the Bank of England, on the Deputies Committee of the Financial Stability Oversight Council, on the Board of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, and on numerous international central banking committees.
Trish’s husband Cary Leahey and her daughter Rosemary Leahey are her greatest joys. She returns to Monticello regularly to visit her mother and friends who live in the area. She is grateful to be honored by the school and the town that hold such wonderful memories.
Dr. David Whisnant
David Whisnant was raised in Cisco, Illinois and graduated from Monticello High in 1961. He played basketball and football and was named to the Okaw Valley all-conference football team in his senior year. He attended Georgia Tech for two years and, following his marriage to Linda Dyson, graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in chemistry. He received the Outstanding Freshman Chemistry award at Georgia Tech and the Outstanding Senior Chemistry award at Illinois, graduating with Highest Distinction. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1970, where he was awarded a University Prize Fellowship.
David was a professor of chemistry at Northland College in Wisconsin until 1983 and then at Wofford College in South Carolina. In 1995, Wofford awarded him the McCalla professorship in chemistry, which he held until he became Vice-President of Information Technology in 2000. He served the college as a vice-president until he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2014.
David’s career has been focused on the applications of technology to education at the college level. He was an early adopter of both personal computers and multimedia and received an O-Haus-NSTA National Award for Innovations in Science Teaching in 1983. He has played a leadership role in developing applications of technology in chemical education and has over twenty publications in this area. This work led to national activities that included projects associated with the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin, various American Chemistry Society chemical education committee positions, and seven National Science Foundation grants. He was on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Chemical Education: Software. In the latter part of his teaching career he was a member of the NSF-supported Physical Chemistry Online Project, which involved students from across the country in collaborative online chemistry projects.
David and Linda live in Spartanburg, SC. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.