Anthony Cabot Gosse

Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 18 Apr 2014 (aged 92)
Columbia, Howard County, Maryland, USA
Burial Lewisburg, Union County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 128725094 · View Source
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COLUMBIA, Md. — Anthony C. Gosse, 92, of Maryland, died early in the morning Friday, April 18, 2014, at Harmony Hall in Columbia, Md.

He was born Aug. 21, 1921, in Baton Rouge, La., where his father, the late John Edward Mahoney, was comptroller of a large chemical company. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old and he was raised by his mother, the late Mary Shaler Gosse, in Greenwich Village, New York, N.Y. When he was 11, she renamed him Anthony Cabot Gosse; until then he had been John Mahoney, commonly known as "Sean" or "Sonny." In the early 1930s he went to Friends Seminary in New York City and later to Rutgers Preparatory School. In 1940, he entered Princeton University on a scholarship.

Mr. Gosse was drafted, and served as a second lieutenant in the Medical Supply Corps in Louisville, Ky., supervising an all-black platoon. He retired from the military in 1945 because of an ulcer; graduated from Princeton in 1946 and entered graduate school at Columbia, majoring in English.
In 1950 he met the former Dey Erben and they were married March 1953. That year he moved to Providence, R.I., where he worked as an instructor at Brown University. While at Brown, he coached the debate team to an Ivy League title. In 1960, as he was finishing his Ph.D., he was hired as an assistant professor at Bucknell University, Lewisburg.

In 1969, he took the first of many sabbaticals in London, England, after receiving tenure the year before. His family moved to New York City, and he was later divorced. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Mr. Grosse acted in Bucknell productions, while continuing to teach and visit England nearly every year. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Gosse was a member of the Norry Gun Club.

In 2006, he moved to the RiverWoods Assisted Living Facility, Lewisburg, and later to assisted living places in Maryland near two of his children.

Surviving are his children and their spouses, Anthony (Rong) Gosse, Van (Deborah) Gosse, Charles (Laura) Gosse and Caroline (Stephen) Elmendorf; and seven grandchildren.

A graveside committal will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lewisburg Cemetery. The family is planning a memorial service that will follow at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 255 S. Derr Drive, Lewisburg, with the Rev. M. Peter Harer, officiating.

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