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By Staff | Jun 15, 2012

John Y. Moossy, M.D., was born in Shreveport, LA, in 1925, to Lebanese immigrant parents. He went on to become one of the foremost figures in the world in the development of the neurosciences.

He went to Fordham University for undergraduate studies and Tulane Medical School; his residency was at Columbia University. He studied sculpture starting at the age of 14 with sculpture Arthur Morgan of Shreveport.

As a physician with specialties in neuropathology, neurology and pathologic anatomy, Dr. Moossy taught and did research at Tulane University, Columbia University, Louisiana State University, Wake Forest University, University of Pittsburgh, and Institut Bunge.

For 10 years, he was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, the official journal of the American Association of Neuropathologists.

After his extraordinary career, he and his beloved wife of 51 years, Yvonne, retired to Shepherdstown. There he pursued his lifelong interest in art focusing on his sculpture, languages including hosting his Saturday causerie for French conversation, and travels around the world. Yvonne R. Mossy died in 2002.

He is survived by his daughter, Joan Marie, a writer and actress in New York City; his son, John Jefferson, a neurosurgeon at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; his grandson, Paul Vincent, a student in Pittsburgh; and his sisters, Marie Malouf and Selma Anton of Dallas, Texas.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.