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A Don For All Seasons
Jeff Barnouw | Amphitheatre Drive

Photo courtesy Don Mosier.
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Don Mosier retired from the Scripps Research Institute in September 2016, after four decades of HIV-1/AIDS research. Last fall, he also relinquished his seat on the Del Mar City Council after two terms of service, including serving as mayor in 2010-11. This meant that he also had to step down from his place on the Board of the Joint Powers Authority of the San Dieguito River Park, which he had chaired. What was he going to do with all that spare time?

Civil society abhors a vacuum, and such a smart and solid citizen cannot be allowed to rest on his laurels. Don served as a City Council liaison to Del Mar Community Connections for the last 6 years; he is now becoming its President. Don says “it is a natural transition to assume a leadership role in a non-profit that administers many city programs.” It was also a natural sequel for him to join the Board of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, and in many other ways he is carrying on with his active contributions.

His connection to the Del Mar area goes back to a 1966 visit to Scripps Research Institute (SRI)—a mere two-years old at the time— which confirmed his abiding concern with tissue culture technique to generate antibodies, forging science-community and social connections that have continued. He began at the medical school of the University of Chicago in 1965, but switched gears in 1969 to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology (Pathology).He then got back on the med school track, earning his M.D. in 1971. Don worked on HIVresearch at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda from 1972-78, then worked in Philadelphia before coming to California. From 1992 to 1998 he was on the California Aids Task Force, chairing it in 1997-98.

His scientific training and involvement in grantwriting have served him well in serving his community. He is still a volunteer with the City of Del Mar, consulting on the Climate Action Plan, Community Choice Energy, and a grant from the California Energy Commission for a solar plus battery storage system (Tesla) for the new City Hall. Since 2010, he has been vigilant in scrutinizing the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Plant (see pp. 8-9 of last month’s Sandpiper). The Sandpiper is fortunate that Don recently joined the Sandpiper editorial staff.

Finally, he serves on the Del Mar Village Association (DMVA) Board, focusing on streetscape issues and the Breeders’ Cup. He spends his spare time (yes) with his wife and former co-worker Ann Feeney cooking, enjoying wine, and hiking Coast-to-Crest.


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