Dr. William H. Mosberg Jr., who earned national and international prestige as president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and as editor of a major neurosurgery journal, died Monday at Good Samaritan Hospital after a long illness. He was 73.
Dr. Mosberg's medical education and work took him to three continents outside North America and to several island countries.
The Baltimore native graduated from City College in 1936 at age 15. He also graduated from a business school that he attended for one year and, after working for a year in an iron foundry, enrolled the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
After graduating from the UM medical school, he began his residency at the university, but that was interrupted by two years in the Army, where he was a captain and served in the European Theater of Operations. He returned to Baltimore and completed his neurosurgical residency in 1949.
After that, he practiced neurology in London at the National Hospital in Queen's Square. Then it was off to brief stints as either a neurologist or neurosurgeon at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, the Hospital de la Salpetriere in Paris, and Mercy Hospital at Loyola University in Chicago.
His overseas work included several trips to Asia and Egypt as a consultant to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation of the former U.S. Department of Heath, Education and Welfare. He went to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and North Africa to teach under ** the auspices of CARE-MEDICO.
Eventually, he returned to the UM, where he taught neurosurgery. He also had a private practice.
"He was skilled and dedicated to neurosurgery," Dr. Walker L. Robinson, head of pediatric neurosurgery at UM and a former student of Dr. Mosberg's, said yesterday. "Although he had a very active, thriving private practice, he was affiliated with the university until he retired."
Dr. Mosberg also spent time helping budding neurosurgeons to understand the profession. He was a founding trustee of the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery, serving as the organization's secretary for 22 years.
He wrote 120 articles for medical publications. And in the early 1960s, he was editor-in-chief of Clinical Neurosurgery, a medical journal with worldwide distribution. He also served on the editorial board of three other medical publications, including the University of Maryland's Bulletin of the School of Medicine.
In 1965-1966, Dr. Mosberg was president of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, a national organization that promotes the education of young neurosurgeons and students.
He had received several other honors, including fellow of the American College of Surgeons and
fellow of the International College of Surgeons. An avid sports fan, he was a member of the Oldtimers Baseball Association. He attended boxing matches to study how pugilistic blows lead to head trauma.
The crowning moment for Dr. Mosberg came last year, when he received the Humanitarian Award from the American Association Neurosurgical Surgeons, the largest organization in his field.
Funeral services are private. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 8 at Grace United Methodist Church, Charles Street and Northern Parkway in Baltimore. A snow date has been
scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 9.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Barbara Garrison Mosberg; three sons, William H. Mosberg III of Catonsville, Dr. Stephen R. Mosberg of Parkersburg, W.Va., and James F. Mosberg of Wilmington, Del.; three daughters, Nicole M. Mones of Santa Monica, Calif., Barbara M. Morrison of Baltimore and Leslie M. Heubeck of Baltimore; and 11 grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the William H. Mosberg Jr., M.D. F.A.C.S. Memorial Scholarship Fund, Medical Alumni Association of University of Maryland, Inc., 522 W. Lombard St., Baltimore 21201.