Mary Clark Moschella appointed to Roger J. Squire Chair in Pastoral Counseling

Mary Clark Moschella, professor of pastoral care and counseling, has been appointed to the Roger J. Squire Chair in Pastoral Counseling, an endowed chair that was elevated from junior to senior faculty status in 1999.

MoschellaNamed in honor of a YDS graduate, Roger J. Squire ’36 B.D., the junior chair was established in 1986 through a gift by Squire’s wife, Marjorie J. Squire, then made into a senior position through an additional gift from her a decade later.

The chair was held by Lee McGee ’69 M.A.R. from 1987 to 1997.

Dean Harold Attridge expressed appreciation that Yale President Richard C. Levin appointed Moschella to the chair, pointing to creative work she is now doing on a pastoral theological study of joy under a Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology.

A pastoral theologian accomplished in academe and experienced as a pastor in the United Church of Christ, Moschella joined the YDS faculty in 2010-11.
Moschella came to YDS from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.  She is the author of two books and the co-editor of a third.  She holds a B.S. from Southern Connecticut State University; an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and in 2001 received a Ph.D. from the Claremont School of Theology. Following Claremont, Moschella spent almost 10 years at Wesley, a 500-student institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Prior to receiving her doctorate in theology and human personality, Moschella held two pastoral positions as a United Church of Christ clergywoman in Massachusetts. The first was as an interim and associate minister at Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury, from 1984 to 1987. Then came a post as pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lee, where she served from 1987 to 1996.

Roger J. Squire grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in philosophy at New York University before entering YDS.  He and his future wife met while he was a student at YDS, and following his graduation he was ordained as a United Methodist pastor.

He served Methodist congregations in Round Top, New York, where he was involved in peace work; in Miami, where he was active in the National Conference of Christians and Jews; and in Red Bank, NJ, where he lived until his death in 1960. Marjorie Squire had a career as a social worker.

One of the Squires’s three daughters, Carol, also attended YDS and earned her B.D. in 1968.

Posted: 10/03/2011