Mark Peter Musselman '89
Who gave up a career in the law for school teaching, was born on October 21, 1966, in Garden City on Long Island. A son of John J., Jr. '47, and Mary Claire Musselman, he was a grandson of John J. Musselman '17 and nephew of Francis H. '50 and the late Bernard C. Musselman '54. The sixth of seven children, Mark Musselman grew up in New Jersey and in Bloomfield Hills, MI, near Detroit, where his father was an executive of General Motors Acceptance Corp. He came to Hamilton in 1985, following his graduation from Bloomfield Hills High School, and joined Delta Phi. He majored in English but also took easily to other languages, especially Spanish. A talented writer, he was elected to the language honorary Phi Sigma Iota and received his A.B. degree cum laude in 1989.
After leaving the Hill, Mark Musselman went to New York City, where he became a legal assistant in the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in Manhattan. He went on to the John Marshall Law School in Chicago and acquired his J.D. degree in 1994. Thereafter he settled in California and found employment with the Public Defender's Office in Los Angeles. He subsequently served as a federal probation officer and also engaged in private practice in that city.
Long having doubts that the life of a lawyer was truly for him and greatly attracted to the prospect of teaching, Mark Musselman decided five years ago to leave law and prepare for a career in education. He recently earned a master's degree in that field from Pepperdine University in Malibu and was teaching English at the Trinity Lutheran Church middle school in Los Angeles at the time of his death. Tremendously dedicated and creative in the classroom, he charmed his junior high school students with his eloquence of tongue and ready wit.
Mark P. Musselman died on May 14, 2007, while hospitalized in Los Angeles, from injuries sustained when he was struck by a car while crossing the street in his Los Angeles neighborhood. He is survived by his 7-year-old daughter, Isabel Anne Musselman, to whom he was devoted, as well as her mother, Heather Litman. Also surviving are, in addition to his parents, a sister, Elizabeth A. Musselman, and four brothers, Thomas E., John P., Francis P. (Mark's twin), and Stephen J. Musselman '90, husband of Aileen Slocum Musselman '92.