M. D. Anderson Remembers Robert Mosbacher, Sr.

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Mosbacher.jpgFor everyone at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, I express our sympathy to the Mosbacher family on the death of one of our most trusted and loyal friends.

Bob Mosbacher came to know M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in a deeply personal way and at a young age, when his wife Jane was a patient here.  He turned the tragedy of her early death into a lifetime of service to others, and found special satisfaction in the exceptional progress over leukemia that has been made at M. D. Anderson since.   

For the 40 years, Bob was a wise counselor to my predecessors and me, a passionate advocate for cancer research and a generous benefactor.  With his great knowledge of M. D. Anderson and his unmatched power of persuasion, he brought many others to our cause, as well.

Bob joined the M. D. Anderson Board of Visitors in 1970.  He twice served as chairman, once in the Board's early formative years and a second time during a period of unparalleled growth for M. D. Anderson.  

He created the Mosbacher Professorship (and later the Chair) in Pediatrics, one of the first endowed positions for faculty established here, which has been held by the leaders of our pediatrics program and Children's Cancer Hospital ever since.   In 1999, he organized and chaired a gala to mark the 75th and 74th birthdays of his dear friends, President and Mrs. Bush, which raised more than $10 million in a single evening for cancer research.  He did much, much more for M. D. Anderson behind the scenes, but never sought or wanted credit.

Bob worked hard to bring national attention and critically needed resources to M. D. Anderson, and did so with the modesty and quiet charm for which he was so admired.  He was a great personal friend to Anne and me, and we will miss him terribly.  We find a measure of comfort in knowing that his memory and deeds will live forever at M. D. Anderson.

We send our condolences to his wife Mica, his children and their families.

John Mendelsohn, M.D.
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

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