WALTER J. STARK CHAIR IN OPHTHALMOLOGY
Established in 1992 by Margaret Mosher, Ray Stark, Albert and Dana Broccoli, and Ralph S. O'Connor, in honor of Walter J. Stark

Image Credit: Lee Salem MARGARET C. MOSHER, who died in 2002, was a businesswoman and philanthropist from Santa Barbara, California. She was a member of the Wilmer Eye Institute Advisory Council with many ties to the institute. In addition to the establishment of the Margaret C. Mosher Professorship in Ophthalmology by her estate in 2002, she also provided generous support for the A. Edward Maumenee Professorship and a chair honoring Hopkins ophthalmologist Walter J. Stark for his corneal research. In 1998, she created the Walter J. Stark Corneal Research Fund. Her estate initiated the Walter J. Stark, M.D. and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases. The widow of Samuel B. Mosher, founder of Signal Oil and Gas Company (later AlliedSignal, Inc.), Mrs. Mosher served on the board of the Signal Companies and was president of the Samuel B. Mosher Foundation.

 

RALPH S. O'CONNOR, A&S 1951, a university trustee emeritus, is a successful Houston entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist. He serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Ralph S. O'Connor Associates. Mr. O'Connor, who was honored with a university President's Medal in 1981, has supported the Walter Stark Chair in Ophthalmology, endowed scholarships for Krieger School students, and supported construction of the student recreation center on the Homewood campus, dedicated in 2002, and named in his honor.

 

RAY STARK, who died in 2004, was a Hollywood movie producer and friend of Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, and referred them to the Wilmer Eye Institute.

 

ALBERT and DANA BROCCOLI are best known as the producers of the James Bond movies. The late Mr. Broccoli was treated at Hopkins for a life-threatening aortic aneurysm and, subsequently, the couple created the Dana and Albert Broccoli Center for Aortic Surgery.

 

WALTER J. STARK, MD, joined the faculty at Wilmer in 1973 and was appointed professor of ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins and director of the Corneal and Cataract Services of Wilmer in 1982. His distinguished professional career spans more than 30 years of service and accomplishment. Dr. Stark is an internationally recognized leader in the area of corneal transplantation, use of the excimer laser, and intraocular lens implantation for rehabilitation of patients with visual disability. In 2004, Dr. Stark was honored at the dedication and naming of the Walter J. Stark, M.D., and Margaret C. Mosher Center for Cataract and Corneal Diseases, of which he is currently the director. The center was made possible through the generous donation of his long-time friend and former patient, the late Margaret C. Mosher. He is a senior honor award recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Currently medical director of the Medical Eye Bank of Maryland and director of the Medical Board of Directors at Tissue Banks International, Dr. Stark was instrumental in the development of both organizations.

Dr. Stark holds both the Boone Pickens Professorship in Ophthalmology and the Walter J. Stark Chair in Ophthalmology.