Stanley R. Mohler, M.D., founding director of the Wright State Aerospace Medicine Residency Program and professor emeritus, of community health, passed away September 15, 2014, in Westmoreland Hospital, Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was 86.
Mohler was born September 30, 1927, in Amarillo, Texas. He developed his two great passions, airplanes and medicine, as a young boy. He combined this love into his specialty of aerospace medicine.
After two years of service in the U.S. Army and graduation from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, in 1956, Mohler interned for the U.S. Public Health Service in San Francisco. Subsequently, he was a medical officer at the Center for Aging Research, National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland.
From 1961 to 1965, Mohler was director of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City. From 1966 to 1978, he was chief of the Aeromedical Applications Division of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C.
Mohler served as founding director of the Wright State University Aerospace Medicine Residency Program, from 1978 to 2004, and professor and vice chair of community health.
As director of the Aerospace Medicine Residency Program, Mohler helped train more than 100 physicians to support present and future spaceflight initiatives.
Mohler held airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He served as a member of the medical advisory panels of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), a member of NASA’s Aerospace Medicine Advisory Committee, president and fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association (ASMA), and member and secretary/treasurer of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM).
He was the author of several books including Wiley Post, His Winnie Mae, and the World’s First Pressure Suit (with Bobby H. Johnson) and Medication and Flying: A Pilot’s Guide.
Mohler is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ursula, a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren.