Obituary of Morton Mower
January 31, 1933 - April 25, 2022
Morton Maimon Mower, loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, passed away on Monday, April 25, 2022, in Denver, Colorado. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife, Tobia Mower; daughter Robin Mower, son Mark Mower, daughter-in-law Kathleen Mower; and grandchildren Mason Mower, Luca Mower, and Zeke Mower.
During his lifetime, he received the Space Technology Hall of Fame Recognition Award, the Michel Mirowski Award of Excellence in the Field of Clinical Cardiology and Electrophysiology, the Medical Alley Award for Outstanding Contribution in Research and Development, the President’s Award of Heart Rhythm Society (NASPE) and the University of Maryland School of Medicine Alumni Association Honor Award and Gold Key For Outstanding Contributions to Medicine and Distinguished Service to Mankind. He was a 2002 Inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the recipient of the 2015 Prince Mahidol Awardee in Medicine.
Dr. Mower was a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Medical School and was board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. He held many high-profile academic roles including Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at Howard University College of Medicine, and Distinguished Professor of Medicine University of Colorado Denver.
Mort was born on January 31, 1933 in Baltimore and raised in Frederick, Maryland. His father, Robert, was a shoe repairman and his mother, Pauline raised three children. When Mower was 15 years old, his uncle fell ill and a family physician made frequent house calls to treat Mower's uncle. Mower was inspired by the outstanding quality of patient care the family physician provided. As a result, Mower applied to Johns Hopkins University to pursue medical studies.
Mower graduated from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in 1955. He then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1959. From 1963 to 1965, he served as a captain and Chief of Medicine in the Medical Corps of the United States Army in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Mower has served on the Board of Jewish Recovery Houses, an organization that helps Jewish men and women in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. He served on the board of directors of House of Hope, a faith-based recovery house for Jewish men. Mower and his wife were also involved with Tova House, a recovery house for Jewish women, founded several years later by the Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore and subsequently purchased from the Associated by House of Hope.
Mower was also a board member of the Jewish National Fund USA, and Ben Gurion University.
In celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the first successful implantation of the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator, Sinai Hospital renamed the Sinai Medical Office Building on Belvedere Avenue in Baltimore the Morton Mower, M.D. Medical Office Building.
Mort was an avid skier, art collector, world traveler and dancer. Mort was a true patriarch of the family and a pillar of the community. He was valued by so many in the community for his generosity and his kind spirit. He was a gentleman who valued education, honor and philanthropy.
Services to commemorate the life of Morton Mower will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at BMH-BJ (560 S Monaco Pkwy, Denver, CO 80224) with Interment to follow at Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers: www.jnf.org/donate
Shiva & Condolence Call Information
At the home of Tobia Mower: 2400 Cherry Creek Drive South Unit 403, Denver, CO 80209
Wednesday, 4/27 between 4-7pm
Thursday, 4/28 between 10:30am-1:30pm and between 4-7pm
Friday, 4/29 between 10:30am-1:30pm
Sunday, 5/1 between 10:30am-1:30pm and between 4-7pm