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March 18, 2008, Volume 54, No. 25

Dr. Moshang Jr., Pediatrics
Dr. Rowan, Wharton

Dr. Moshang Jr., Pediatrics


Dr. Thomas Moshang Jr., professor emeritus of pediatrics and senior physician in the division of endocrinology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), died of pancreatic cancer on February 24. He was 70 years old.

Born in New York City, Dr. Moshang earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a medical degree from the University of Maryland. He did his internship at Pennsylvania Hospital and residency in pediatrics at CHOP.

Following service in the Army Medical Corps in Alaska, Dr. Moshang returned to CHOP as a pediatric endocrinologist fellow. He then joined the staff of Hahnemann Medical College.

In 1982, Dr. Moshang was appointed adjunct associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine in Penn’s School of Medicine. In 1983, he was the founding director of the Diagnostic and Research Growth Center at CHOP and also served as chief of the hospital’s endocrinology division from 1995 to 2000.

A renowned pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Moshang’s research focused on the endocrine function of children who survive cancer with a special interest in disordered growth and sexual development related to pediatric cancer and/or the therapies for treating cancer. His work was widely published and he was the editor of the pediatric endocrinology textbook, Pediatric Endocrinology: The Requisites in Pediatrics.

Dr. Moshang was to begin a term as president of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society this spring. In recognition of his work, CHOP endowed a chair of pediatric endocrinology in his name in February. Dr. Moshang had also been named one of “The Best Doctors in America,” published by Woodward/White Inc.

Dr. Moshang is survived by his wife, Dr. Mary Ann Gazdick; two sons, Thomas III and Peter; two daughters, Elizabeth Laird and Alexis; a brother; two sisters; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the CHOP Endocrine Diabetes Research Fund, Children’s Hospital Foundation, 34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Dr. Rowan, Wharton


Dr. Richard L. Rowan, professor emeritus of management at the Wharton School, died of Parkinson’s disease on March 1; he was 76.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Rowan served as a faculty member in the School’s department of industry, now known as the department of management. He joined the faculty at the Wharton School in 1961. Over the course of his career, Dr. Rowan was a renowned scholar on labor relations, and in particular on the rights of disadvantaged employees.  

In the early 1970s, he and his colleague, Dr. Herbert R. Northrup, co-directed the School’s Industrial Research Unit (IRU), which was established in 1921 as the world’s first business school research center. Under the leadership of Drs. Rowan and Northrup, the IRU implemented the Multinational Research Advisory Group, completed several important book series, and helped to reinvigorate the IRU as an active, vital organization—all of which generated significant impact on the academic and business communities. In 1988, Dr. Rowan became director of the IRU, which was renamed the Center for Human Resources. Several of Dr. Rowan’s many accomplishments at the Center included providing advisory services and a newsletter to industry members, which helped to bolster the Center’s funding and level of prominence.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he chaired Wharton’s Labor Relations Council, now the Council on Employee Relations. Dr. Rowan authored, co-authored and edited numerous articles and books. As an authority on labor issues, he was frequently sought after by the news media. Dr. Rowan retired from Wharton in 1997.  

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Rowan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Birmingham-Southern College in 1953. He earned a doctorate in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1961.

Dr. Rowan is survived by his wife, Marilyn Walker; son, John; daughter, Jennifer Ennerberg; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081.

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