A celebration of life for Howard E. Mossberg, 85, Lawrence will be held Monday April 23, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Smith Center at Brandon Woods. He passed away Monday, April 16, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Howard was born in Chicago, Ill. on September 1, 1932, the son of Everett and Elizabeth Holubovsky Mossberg. He was raised in Illinois and Florida. He graduated from Orlando High School and received his B.S. in Pharmacy and Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida at Gainesville. From 1958 to 1966 he served on the faculty of the School of Pharmacy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma as an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Pharmacy. On June 1, 1966 Howard assumed the position of Dean of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Kansas. In 1991, he accepted the positions of Vice Chancellor of Research, Graduate Studies and Public Service and Dean of the Graduate School. He helped build the Lila & Madison Self Fellowship, serving as the Director and Managing Trustee from 1997 to 2003 and again from 2007 to 2012. He served on numerous boards including being past- president of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He enjoyed reading, playing golf, and fishing the boundary waters with his buddies. He was an avid cook and enjoyed sharing his creations with his friends.
He married Virginia B Gibson on June 11, 1955 in Sarasota, Fla. She survives him along with his beloved dog, Wally. Other survivors include: his two daughters, Kathryn (William) Newton, Suzanne Mossberg; two grandchildren, Derek Mossberg, Spencer Hutchens; and two great grandchildren, Brody & Maggie Mossberg.
A private family burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Mossberg Pharmacy Scholarship Fund or Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association and maybe sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.