Gertrude "Trudy" Moskowitz, MEd '61, EdD '66, former professor of world language education and two-time alumna, died on October 10 at the age of 93. Moskowitz earned both her master's and doctorate in education from Temple University and became one of Temple's first female tenured professors. During her 35-year career as a professor at Temple, Moskowitz worked with thousands of students, published more than 60 articles and delivered more than 200 addresses, workshops and keynote speeches to global audiences. A pioneer in education, Moskowitz redefined the traditional classroom experience by encouraging participatory learning and engagement. She was celebrated for her innovative approach and trailblazing in education, receiving the Educator of the Year Award by the Pennsylvania State Association for Modern Languages in 1981. Moskowitz will be remembered for her compassion, mentorship and the mark she made on countless students and colleagues while shaping the landscape of graduate studies in education at Temple and beyond.
"Dr. Moskowitz was a central figure in the development of the world languages education program at Temple, and was influential in the lives of many students in this area," noted Joseph DuCette, longtime professor and colleague of Moskowitz. "One of her most notable characteristics is that she would meet students whenever it fit their schedule, including late evenings and weekends. Her impact on the teaching of world languages in this region and globally is immense through the hundreds of students she taught and mentored."