Flu" Steven R. Mostow '60
brother Steve died March 25 in a private airplane crash near Denver.
He was the pilot and was doing someone a favor. He loved to fly.
was a freshman at Oberlin when Steve was a senior. He was a fun-loving
jock and a serious pre-med student. He played "boogie"
and sang new rock and roll songs on the dorm pianos. I still have
his freshman beanie with Elvis' name inscribed on it. I remember
Steve walking hand-in-hand with his love, Suzie Kosman. They married
right after College and had two children.
made it to med school at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
He worked there as a faculty member and also as a staff physician
at Cleveland Metro Hospital. He moved to Denver in 1976, where he
worked at the VA hospital, the Rose Medical Center (where he chaired
the Department of Medicine for many years), and as associate dean
of outreach at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
He was an avid skier and mountain hiker.
became semi-famous. He was an infectious disease expert, and each
year he publicized the latest strain of flu by giving flu shots
to folks in newsworthy locations, such as Sen. Jesse Helms in the
Senate anteroom, TV traffic reporters in their helicopters, and
people on the Today Show. He was a great TV news performer.
Steve served as vice president of the National Foundation for Infectious
Diseases. Last winter, he sat between Bill Gates and Jimmy Carter
at an awards banquet. He introduced Carter, who presented the award
loved the rural medical outreach part of his life. He was paid to
fly small planes to small towns and deal with real medical problems.
He was a consultant, an expert, and an expeditor.
family connections to Oberlin are many: his wife Suzie '60,
brother Nelson '69, sister Judy Mostow Filner '66, brother-in-law
Dan Kosman '63, nephew Matt Filner '91, and niece Laura
Mostow '02. He also leaves his daughter, son, and grandson.