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Celebration of Life
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
UNCW Center for Marine Science
5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane
Wilmington, NC
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Dr. Marvin K. Moss


1931 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Marvin K. Moss Obituary
DR. MARVIN K. MOSS Dr. Marvin K Moss, 87, of Wilmington, passed away on 1/9/19 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born on February 3, 1931 in Burlington, NC to John Moss and Mary Leonard Moss. He is survived by his three children: Stephan Moss, Derek Moss, and Shauna Moss, granddaughter Ailish McGaughey, and several nephews and nieces. Dr. Moss completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at Elon College, earned his MS in Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Physics at NC State. He began his career as a Professor of Physics at NC State in '61, and was later recruited as a senior nuclear scientist to work for the US State Department and became Director of the Nuclear Division of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. He received numerous honorary citations and awards including the Presidential Rank Government Executive in '85. From '82-'87 he served as the Director of the Office of Naval Research and received the Navy's Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given to a civilian by the US Navy. He returned to academia at UC San Diego and was Deputy Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Associate Vice-Chancellor for Marine Sciences from '87-'92. He then moved to UNC Wilmington to serve as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from '92-'99. During that time he was instrumental in the development of UNCW's Center for Marine Science laboratory. Several years prior to his retirement, UNCW named the road to marine science laboratory complex in his honor, the Marvin K Moss Lane. He remained at UNCW as a professor of Physics, Physical Oceanography, and Environmental Studies until 2006. After retiring from UNCW he remained active on several major public sector boards including the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and helped to create the Coastal Ocean Research Monitoring Program, used to check offshore weather and wave conditions in real time from buoys in various places off the Cape Fear Coast. He was an incredibly kind and generous person and his spirit and intellect are already greatly missed. Throughout his life he was committed to helping those less fortunate and was a frequent donor to the Good Shepherd Center in Wilmington. In his spare time and during his retirement he loved reading and studying Buddhist dharma and was a devoted Dzogchen student of Lama Surya Das. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 4-6pm at the UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Good Shepherd Center. Condolences to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com
Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Jan. 13 to Jan. 20, 2019
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