Wagner College alumnus and lifetime trustee Thomas G. Moles ’65 H’00, a former Seahawk lineman and Wall Street portfolio manager who served on the college's Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2003, died Thursday, August 31. He was 81 years old.
“Wagner College mourns this loss dearly,” said Wagner College President Angelo Araimo. “Tom’s leadership, especially during the 1990s, was instrumental in the college’s renaissance of that era, and his continued support has made an indelible imprint on Wagner. Tom and his wife, Polly ‘68 served as alumni and trustee leaders, and friends, for decades.”
A native of Cresskill, New Jersey, Moles entered Wagner in 1961 and played football, helping the 1964 Seahawks to an undefeated 10-0 record. His education was interrupted by service as a United States Marine during the Vietnam War and returned to Wagner for night school after the war. He was inducted into the Wagner College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016.
In 2009, Moles provided the lead financial support to add and fully equip a strength room in the Spiro Sports Center. It was named in memory of Gregory P. Knapp ’66 H’00. Moles and Knapp played football together in high school and college, and both served in the Marines in Vietnam and became Wagner lifetime trustees. Knapp and Moles also helped to fund the Wagner Stadium in 1997 and the Spiro Sports Center in 1999.
Moles was a Managing Director and Director of J & W. Seligman & Co., Inc, Executive Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Seligman Select Municipal Fund, and Executive Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of Seligman Tax-Exempt Fund Series. He worked for 34 years on Wall Street before retiring in 2009.
Moles is survived by his wife, fellow alum and lifetime trustee Polly Peck Moles ’68, their two children, Anne Mulick and Thomas Seaver Moles, and five grandchildren: Grace Mulick, Maeve Mulick, Will Moles, Meghan Moles, and Chip Moles.