PINE CREST FUNERAL HOMES AND CEMETERIES
Dr John Mosteller
March 11, 1923 - April 29, 2007
John Horace Mosteller
MOSTELLER, John Horace - An internationally renown restorative dentist who practiced dentistry in Mobile for nearly 40 years, died Sunday, April 29, at a local hospital. The native Texan, who had served as editor of the Journal of the Alabama Dental Association for 42 years and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame in 1998, was 84 years old.
Dr. Mosteller graduated from Columbia Military Academy, received his predental education at Southern Methodist University, and graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Dentistry in 1945. During service with the U.S. Navy he spent 14 months as an officer in the Dental Corps in Korea.
During his long, distinguished career in Mobile, he published more than 250 papers in the dental literature and was author or coauthor of nine books. His book, "Joseph Francis Volker: Alabama's Most Distinguished Adopted Son," offered a comprehensive history of the University of Alabama School of Dentistry. Dr. Mosteller served as a former special lecturer at the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and Loyola's dental school, and a clinical professor of University of Alabama School of Dentistry in Birmingham. Well known for his research with silver amalgam, dental cements and steroids, his expertise and teaching took him far and wide.
He served as essayist at more than 800 dental meetings in 46 states and a dozen foreign countries, lectured at 43 American universities, and was national consultant for restorative dentistry to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army for 14 years. He held this appointment, with the equivalent rank of Brigadier General, under three Chiefs of the Army Dental Corps. He was former vice-president of the American Dental Association and for thirty years was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Dental Association.
Among his professional honors, Loyola University presented him its 50th anniversary Award of Merit, he was named "Dentist of the Year" by the Alabama Section of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and, upon his retirement from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System honored him with a formal resolution.
Among his civic duties, Dr. Mosteller was a member of the Mobile Kiwanis Club and chairman of the dental division of the United Fund. He delighted in playing golf, cards with his friends, and cheering on his eight children in countless swimming meets during his 50 years of membership at the Mobile Country Club, where he was a board member and served as president in 1973-74. In addition to his devotion to his family, he was a deeply religious man who for over three decades was a lector at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years, Janet Young Mosteller, his oldest son, John Horace Mosteller, Jr., and his parents Horace and Lucille Mosteller.
Dr. Mosteller is survived by his seven children. His five daughters are Cynthia Mosteller (Graham) and Nancy Mosteller Hoffman (Roy) of Fairhope; Mary Lou Mosteller of Mobile; Pauline Mosteller Danner (John B., III) and Barbara Mosteller Price (Alan) of Panama City, Florida. His sons are Matthew W. Mosteller, M.D. (Cathy) of Mobile and Charles S. Mosteller, M.D. (Alexa) of Daphne. He is also survived by his 15 precious grandchildren: Kristin Carroll of Aspen, Colorado, Lauren Carroll Trione and Meredith Hoffman of Fairhope; Michael Mosteller, Clifton Mosteller, Frances Mosteller, Ellen Mosteller, Johnny Mosteller Seiselmyer and Daniel Seiselmyer, Jr. of Mobile; Virginia Danner, J. Benjamin Danner, IV, Richard A. Price, Jr. and Caroline Price of Panama City, Florida; Mary Catherine Mosteller and Sarah Mosteller of Daphne. Dr. Mosteller is also survived by his sister-in-law, Joan Tonelli, many loving nieces and nephews, and loyal friend and employee for 50 years Mildred Washam.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 1, at 11 a.m. in the Marian Center of St. Ignatius Catholic Church, 3700 Springhill Avenue, with Funeral Mass in the church at 12:00 noon and interment in Spring Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor, 1655 McGill Avenue, Mobile, AL 36604-1299. Arrangements are by PINE CREST CUSTOM FUNERALS and CREMATIONS, 1939 Dauphin Island Pkway., Mobile,