Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 7, 2020.
ROBERT Basil MOLSEED "Bob"
1932 - 2020
Robert Molseed, age 87, passed away on July 2, 2020.
Bob was born in 1932 in Milwaukee, WI to parents Basil and Mary
Bob moved with his family to Washington, DC in 1933.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Judith Emling Molseed; and six children,
Laura Molseed Ali (Mark), Stephen Basil Molseed (Patricia), Vincent William Molseed
(Melissa), David Richard Molseed (Katie), Christopher Edward Molseed (Jenn) and
Jennifer Molseed Gallaher (David); along with 15 grandchildren; and many nieces and
A graduate of Gonzaga High School (1950) in Washington, DC, Bob attended the
Catholic University of America, graduating in 1955 with a degree in Architecture.
He entered the Navy following college and served as a LTJG on the USS Wisconsin from
1956 - 1959.
Bob was a well-respected architect in Washington, DC, working for many years for
Chatelain and Samperton Associates, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He
finished his career as a Sr. Architectural Specification Writer with ARCOM Master
Bob was active in many professional organizations, most notably the Construction
Specification Institute (CSI) and Toastmasters International. He served on many
committees with CSI throughout his career, was President of the Washington DC Chapter
of CSI and ultimately served as the National President (1995 - 1999). Bob is a member of
a select society of double Fellows of both CSI (1987) and AIA (1997).
Bob and Judy, along with their children, enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and
many European countries. In retirement, Bob took up ink drawing, and with his
architectural eye documented many of those trips in his drawings.
Due to COVID, a Mass of Christian Burial for the immediate family will be held at St.
Bernadette Catholic Church, Springfield, VA, on Thursday, July 9, 2020.
Private Burial will follow at Fairfax Memorial Park, Fairfax, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bob's memory to Catholic Relief
Services or The Catholic University of America, School of Architecture.