Inspired by Family

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Michael Mooser has been inspired by his family throughout his life.

In 1982, a three-day storm dropped 25 inches of rain over California’s Santa Cruz County, devastating the community with floods and mudslides. His father, Gurden Mooser, was one of the founders of the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, an organization that would support recovery efforts and go on to improve the lives of county residents.

When Gurden passed away from complications due to Parkinson’s disease in 1999, Michael learned about the OHSU Parkinson Center. He began making yearly contributions to the Center, and recently set up a charitable gift annuity to support the program.

In autumn 2020, Mooser learned about the Sprint for OHSU Students, a matching gift and donation program that helps make health care careers more accessible to all students.

Mooser is no stranger to supporting students; in the 1990s, he established an annual scholarship for a graduating senior at Elmira High School in Oregon. Through the Sprint for OHSU Students initiative, Mooser was able to honor his brother, Stephen—who earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkley—by setting up a scholarship in his name for a student in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

The COVID-19 pandemic especially has made us recognize the importance of public health, Mooser believes. And education in that area is vital. “I wanted to give students from all backgrounds the ability to earn a public health degree and get more people out into the field. It’s a necessary and worthy area,” he said.