Well-known Wilkes-Barre Doctor Dies At 81
Dr. George Moses loved being a surgeon. He liked helping people. He enjoyed supporting charitable causes.
A well-known local doctor for decades, Moses died unexpectedly Tuesday at his home in Wilkes-Barre. He was 81.
Moses was the longtime chief of staff of the former Mercy Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, earning the nickname “Mr. Mercy Hospital.” Moses was a driving force behind an annual high school basketball all-star game that bears his name and has raised more than $1 million to help local families facing medical hardships.
“His death will be felt by everyone in this community in one way or another,” said Moses’ brother, John, a prominent attorney based in
Wilkes-Barre. “He was very well-known and committed to the community. Everybody just loved him. He was just a good guy.”
A legendary area doctor, Moses was perhaps best known for his devotion to Mercy Hospital in South Wilkes-Barre, which eventually was acquired by Geisinger Health System.
The hospital was founded in 1898 by the Sisters of Mercy to treat local coal miners and Moses tried to keep the compassionate history going. He formed great bonds with the nuns and volunteered his services to the hospital’s Catherine McAuley Clinic, which provided free medical care to Luzerne County residents without health insurance.
Moses lived his whole life in Wilkes-Barre, except when he attended Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine in Philadelphia, his brother noted. Prior to medical school, he attended St. Nicholas High School and then King’s College in Wilkes-Barre.
Outside of his medical service, Moses dedicated himself to helping area charitable causes.
The Dr. George P. Moses Senior All-Star Classic — a high school basketball game for the area’s best players which is co-sponsored by The Citizens’ Voice and the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association — has raised over $1 million the past 49 years.
Neil Corbett, former Citizens’ Voice sports editor and current member of the Wyoming Valley Athletic Association, called Moses a “champion” for the area’s less fortunate.
At fundraising dinners for various local causes, Moses often served as emcee and toastmaster.
He loved to read, was a fan of Shakespeare and carried around index cards with inspirational quotes, those who knew him say.
Beyond medicine, Moses made an big impact on area sports, serving as a mentor to the area’s youth. He was also a founding member of the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame.
Moses served as the team doctor for GAR’s football squad for more than 25 years and helped the players on and off the field, said Tony Khalife, former GAR football coach.
“He was always a great guy to be around. He was the best team doctor you could possibly have. He knew football and what it took to get a player back on the field safely,” Khalife said.
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