Robert Lawrence Moser, 70
Died October 17, 2022
Saved Many Lives
Robert Lawrence Moser, MD, 70, of Skillman, died in his sleep in his vacation villa in Ispica, Sicily, in the presence of his loving wife, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, with whom he had been together for nearly 50 years.
In the face of a long illness, he continued to serve daily as the Medical Director of Pathology at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, and President of Pathology Associates of Delaware Valley in Princeton. Dr. Moser completed a College of American Pathologists laboratory inspection with flying colors just days ago.
The son of Robert George Moser and Marjorie Frankenberger of Denville, Dr. Moser was born in Passaic, raised in Denville, and was a long-time resident of Princeton. He was an Eagle Scout, a fencer, and a talented trumpet player in the NJ All State Band. He completed his bachelor’s degree achieving Phi Beta Kappa at Lafayette College, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College, and six years of internship and residencies in clinical and anatomic pathology, serving as chief resident at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Moser was one of the early pathologists facing the emergence of AIDS in the 1980s. He was an expert in clinical informatics and served as the chief medical informatics officer of St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) and co-chairman of the Laboratory Services Council for Trinity Health. Before that, he served as president of Consult Laboratory Systems in Lawrenceville. He brought life-saving plasmapheresis services to Mercer County.
During the recent pandemic crisis, he contributed to critical research in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic demonstrating plasmapheresis as a treatment for COVID-19. He was an expert in blood banking and developed autologous transfusion programs for the Mercer Regional Blood Center and local hospitals. He was an extremely dedicated, hardworking, loyal SFMC physician, receiving the Spirit of St. Francis Award TWICE! His spirituality played a major role in his professional and daily life. He had dedicated himself to teaching religious education (RCIA) to those joining the Roman Catholic Church.
Dr. Moser enjoyed American Standards music, WQXR, golf, nature, gardening, and in most recent years was referred to by family and friends as “Monty Bob,” after Monty Don, the well-known British horticulturist. He was an avid audiobook lover. He took great joy in his Sicilian villa with vineyard, olive grove, gardens, and fountain (which he restored), long beach walks on the Mediterranean collecting seashells, and hosting family destination vacations.
Family, friends, and co-workers deeply appreciated his intelligence, humility, and friendliness. Dr. Moser leaves a legacy of enduring kindness and generosity. Rosemarie sorely misses his sparkly eyes and sweet smile. In her words, “he tickled my heart.”
He leaves behind his loving children, Rachel Moser Vassak (James ) of Ridgewood and Alexander Robert Moser (Kristin Grogg) of Pipersville, PA, and grandchildren, Serena, Natalie, and Clara Vassak, as well as his sister, Barbara Mattson, and his very close Scolaro brothers and sister-in-law (Frank, Vincent, Giovanni, Peter, and Marie Scolaro), and many adoring nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may extend condolences and share remembrances at TheKimbleFuneralHome.com, as well as donate in his memory to the American Red Cross in support of Blood Services: www.redcross.org/donate/donation.
Visiting hours are Friday, October 28, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Kimble Funeral Home, 1 Hamilton Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 am at St. Paul Parish, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow at Princeton Cemetery.