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Joseph James Mowad, MD, 82, of Danville, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, surrounded by family.
He was born July 2, 1935, in Scranton, a son of the late Hind (Yamin) and James Mowad.

He graduated from Scranton Preparatory High School and the University of Scranton, magna cum laude. He went on to attend Creighton Medical School and graduated in 1961. After graduation, he married Josephine Cardillo of Dunmore, on June 24, 1961. He completed his internship at Harrisburg Hospital and served two years of military service with the public health service in Pittsburgh. He completed his urology surgical residency at the University of Maryland where he served as chief resident.
Dr. Mowad returned to Pennsylvania and joined the staff of Geisinger Medical Center in 1968. He later became Director of the Department of Urology from 1980-2005. He also served as assistant medical director, assistant to the President, and Senior Vice President of the Geisinger Health System. After retiring from urology practice, he joined the Geisinger Health System Foundation and helped fundraise for the institution.

He was very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of First National Bank, Fulton Financial Corporation, Frosty Valley Country Club and the Maria Joseph Manor. Involved at Bloomsburg University, he served on the Board of Trustees and was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1995-2001. He was active in the American Urological Association and served on the advisory board and the executive committee and was President of the Mid-Atlantic Section of the AUA. He was also a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons and was appointed to and chaired the Governor's Committee on Renal Disease.

As director of the Urology Residency Program at Geisinger, Dr. Mowad helped to train countless urology residents who now practice across the country. He has been recognized by many organizations for his outstanding service and dedication to others. He received the Champion of Youth Award from the Boys Club of America, the Robert Pursel Distinguished Service Award by the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Eberly Award from the State System of Higher Education, the Frank O'Hara Award for Distinguished Alumni from the University of Scranton and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Care to the Elderly from the Sisters of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. In recognition of his devotion to patient care and outstanding clinical and administrative leadership, the Geisinger Urology Clinic was named in his honor in 2011 as The Mowad Urology Clinic. In recognition of his leadership in the Development Office and Geisinger Foundation, The Mowad Conference Room was dedicated in 2015. Scholarships are named in his honor at Bloomsburg University and Susquehanna University where he was granted honorary degrees. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, physician and friend and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church attending daily mass there for years.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Josephine; a brother, James; of Scranton; his daughter, Christen Mowad, MD and his son-in-law, Timothy Murphy, MD, of Danville, and two granddaughters, Christina and Joanna Murphy; and his daughter, Nicole Mowad-Nassar and his son-in-law, Sany Nassar, of Lake Forest, Ill., and two grandsons, Joseph and Nicholas Nassar; as well as many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Nancy, Josephine and Yvonne.

Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in St. Hubert Chapel in St, Joseph Church, Danville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11, with his pastor, the Rev. James M. Lease as celebrant.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the MEND Fund (Mowad Endowment for New Development) at Geisinger Medical Center or St. Joseph Catholic School, Danville, PA.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., Danville.
Please send online condolences to BradyFuneralHome.com.
Published on November 8, 2017
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