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Male, born 1920-09-27, died 2015-07-26

Associated with the firms network

Architects Mosher Drew; Arendt / Mosher / Grant Architects; Mosher and Drew, Architects; Mosher, Drew, Watson and Associates, Architects; Mosher, Drew, Watson and Ferguson (MDWF), Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Hunt and Chambers, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1944-1945. Mosher passed the examinations to become a Registered Architect in the State of CA in 1945.

Designer, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Architect, Los Angeles, CA, 1945. Mosher worked for Harris for about 8 months in 1945.

Principal, Robert Mosher, Architect, La Jolla, CA, 1946-1948. An obituary on Mosher stated: "Robert was deeply influenced by instructor Lionel Pries, U. of W. and learned his architecture under the watchful eyes of Myron Hunt and Harold Chambers, well-known California Architects, and later, Harwell Hamilton Harris." (See, "In Memory of Robert Mosher," accessed 11/08/2017.)

Partner, Mosher and Drew, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1948-1969. The firm initially used a property owned by Mosher's father, the Green Dragon Club, to house their architectural office. The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote of his partnership with Roy Drew: "He and Drew met when they joined a new firm opened in Los Angeles as draftsmen and moved to San Diego...." (See Roger Showley, San Diego, "Architect who 'saved' Coronado bridge dies," published 07/27/2015, accessed 11/09/2017.)

Partner, Mosher, Drew, Watson and Associates, Architects, 1969-1972.

Partner, Mosher, Drew, Watson and Ferguson, Architects, San Diego, CA, 1972-1998.

Partner, Architects Mosher Drew, San Diego, CA, 2012-2015.


The "Robert Mosher Architectural Drawings, 1945-2011" collection has been preserved at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Library, Special Collections & Archives, San Diego, CA.


High School/College

Graduate, John Marshall High School, Los Angeles, CA.

Coursework, Art Center School, Los Angeles, CA, 1939.

Coursework, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, 1939–1940.

B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1944. Mosher was one of eight graduating seniors in architecture in 1944. A classmate was Alfred F. Simonson (1917-1985).



Born in Greeley, CO, in 1920, Robert Mosher moved with his family to Los Angeles, CA, by the early 1920s. He and his family first toured his eventual home, San Diego, in 1925. (See Roger Showley,San Diego, "Architect who 'saved' Coronado bridge dies," published 07/27/2015, accessed 11/09/2017.)

In 1930, he and his family resided at 3434 Waverly Drive in Los Angeles, in a residence that the family owned. A nurse, Evelyn Laycock (born c. 1889 in Canada), worked in the family home at this time. (See, Source Citation Year: 1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll: 132; Page: 27A; Enumeration District: 0003; FHL microfilm: 2339867, accessed 11/08/2017.) The family remained at this location in 1940. The Moshers were prosperous enough to maintain a maid, Minnie Belik, (born c. 1901 in NE).

Mosher attended high school in Los Angeles and became interested in architecture at an early age. According to his obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune: "According to Mosher's wife, Joany, Robert first learned about architecture at the age of 9 from a neighbor involved in Pasadena development. He was educated at the Art Center School in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and the University of Washington (UW) and served briefly in the Army during World War II before he was discharged because of asthma problems." (See Roger Showley, San Diego, "Architect who 'saved' Coronado bridge dies," published 07/27/2015, accessed 11/09/2017.) He graduated from the UW in 1944. According to CA voting records in 1944, Mosher lived at 864 Prospect Street, La Jolla, CA.

At various points in his life between 1950 and 1993, Mosher lived at 7701 Exchange Place, 1336 Rhoda Drive, and 1255 Coast Boulevard in La Jolla, CA. He died at this apartment in La Jolla, CA, at the age of 94.


His father was Jack Marsh Mosher (born 04/01/1891 in Greeley, CO-d. 06/21/1976 in Lemon Grove, CA)., his mother, Alice M. Forsyth (born Gibsonville, OH, 07/11/1894-d. 01/02/1991 in La Jolla, CA). In 1930, Jack worked as a wholesale grocer, while Alice maintained the household that consisted of John Robert and his brother, Larry (born c. 03/1929 in Los Angeles, CA). Ten years later, Jack was a co-partner in a wholesale produce business in Los Angeles.


Mosher married three times.

A John R. Mosher married Mary Bryant on 09/08/1950. (See, Source Information California, Marriage Index, 1949-1959 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, accessed 11/08/2017.)

He married Joany Deakin Green on 04/07/1978 in CA. He was nine years older than she.


Mosher was survived by his daughter Karen Mosher Juhasz, who lived in Las vegas, NV, in 2015, and a son, Steven Mosher, who resided in Eugene, OR.

Biographical Notes

Mosher was a registered Republican in 1944. (See, Source Citation California State Library; Sacramento, California; Great Register of Voters, 1900-1968, accessed 11/08/2017.)

Associated Locations

  • Greeley , CO (Architect's Birth)
    Greeley , CO

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  • La Jolla, CA (Architect's Death)
    La Jolla, CA

PCAD id: 2756