John Mosher Obituary (2022) – Syracuse, NY

John Fayette Mosher, Jr., M.D. March 28, 2022 Dr. John Fayette Mosher, Jr., passed away at Upstate Community Hospital on Monday, March 28, 2022, after a short bout with pneumonia. He had been stymied by dementia for several years. Born November 17, 1933, in Coeymans, NY, John was the son of Helen Findlay Deans and Dr. John Fayette Mosher, who practiced family medicine in the Albany area for 40+ years and was a founding member of The American Academy of General Practice. John grew up with his younger brother, Thomas Findlay Mosher, who is also a physician and lives with his wife, Heidi, in La Jolla, CA. John attended the Albany Academy, Wesleyan University, followed by McGill Medical School in Montreal, where he met and married his wife, Elizabeth Burwash Mosher, a.k.a. “Skinny”. They enjoyed a long and happy journey together for 63 years. Adding to the adventure were their four children, T.D. (predeceased 2002) and wife, Marina; John Gordon and wife, Lee; Eric Fayette and wife, Julia; and Sarah Findlay and husband, Todd Clark. His five grandchildren, Brenna, Hannah, Sarah, Bailey, and Fin were a constant source of joy. John served in the U.S. Navy as a physician for five years, with a one-year internship at The Great Lakes Naval Academy, Great Lakes, IL. During the Laos Crisis, he did a tour of duty aboard The USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), homeported at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. His residency at The Albany Medical Center Hospital included a year specializing in Pediatric Orthopedics at the Alfred I. DuPont Institute in Wilmington, DE. Later, he joined the staff as Associate Surgeon and Professor of Orthopedic Surgery for four years. Post-graduate studies included a fellowship in surgery of the hand at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in NYC and further study in microsurgery in Strasbourg, France. A man of great enthusiasm, his patients (not to be confused with patience) came first and foremost. He especially enjoyed teaching and learning from the residents and fellows he trained and collaborated with during his 41 years at Upstate Medical Center. John greatly appreciated the nurses and hospital staff he worked with as well. Apologies for any colorful language he may have shared in the OR along the way. John belonged to The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, was active in the American Association of Hand Surgery, and was Program Chairman of The Orthopedic Surgical Trauma Society. He held several positions within the Eastern Orthopedic Association, and was appointed President in 1985. During his lengthy career, he published and presented numerous medical papers. His passion and dedication to surgery never waned. Throughout his life, John was avid about sports in all forms. Anyone who was ever around him during a S.U., or NY Giants game knows just how passionate he really was. Always a stand-out athlete, he boxed and wrestled, set high school records in the high jump, javelin, and at one time, held the NY State record in swimming for the 200 yd freestyle. He played defensive end in football through medical school and was the only American on the championship winning rugby team while he was at McGill. He kept in shape, running before running was popular. Most mornings in Syracuse, rain or snow, John could be seen pounding the pavement with one of his beloved Huskies, Lucas, Satch, or Zeke, the most indulged dogs in Christendom. Our family was fortunate to travel with him to several places around the world and share his appreciation for different cultures and environments. Adventures in France, Mexico, Thailand, The Galapagos Islands, and Belize were especially memorable, but his favorite place on earth was our family cottage in the Thousand Islands, Canada. Here, he reveled in reading, fishing, bread making, hiking, windsurfing and many, many yard games. He also enjoyed woodworking and kicking back, all to the tune of Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, and Bob Marley, to name a few. In Syracuse, he found it all, a city that enabled him to dedicate his life to medicine, but also had a well-spring of music and art… and of course, the sports were sublime. He enjoyed working with young athletes on various S.U. teams, and as a physician and coach for the Sherman Park Youth football and baseball teams. John was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Seldom ruffled, he made us laugh. He tackled life with humor, hard work, and an utter intolerance for B.S. He was just what the doctor ordered. We will miss him forever. The Mosher Family would like to thank friends old and newfound, especially the caregivers that helped him through these last, darker days. Special thanks also to his secretary of many years, Nancy Classen. When Covid retreats, the family looks forward to hosting a celebration of John’s life, T.B.A. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to the: Dr. John Mosher Resident and Fellow Education Endowment c/o Upstate Foundation 750 E. Adams Street Syracuse, NY 13210 To express sympathy, please visit

Published by Syracuse Post Standard from Apr. 7 to Apr. 10, 2022.

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