Mooney Was Dynamic Figure in Public Education
Friends and admirers of Tom Mooney, former president of the Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, are shocked by his unexpected death yesterday. Mooney, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers for the past six years, died of an apparent heart attack at age 52.
“It is difficult to think of a future without his vitality, his passion, his humor and his uncompromising friendship,” says David Little, veteran Democratic campaign organizer.
Mooney headed the local teachers’ union for 21 years before moving to the statewide post. Ohio Senate Democratic Leader C.J. Prentiss called him “a pillar in the education community in Ohio.”
“I cannot begin to describe what a sad loss this is for those who have worked with him hand in hand over the years to bring about equality and excellence in each and every classroom in Ohio,” Prentiss said in a statement released today. “Mooney was a tireless fighter throughout his career on every issue that came before the education community. We turned to Mooney every step of the way to see to it that Ohio’s school children were at the forefront of the state’s goals. We will deeply miss him.”
— Gregory Flannery