The Passing of Dr. Melvin Moeschberger

It is with deep sorrow that we share news of the passing of Melvin Moeschberger, who died peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at age 78.


  • Erinn Aulfinger
January 18, 2019
Melvin Moeschberger, PhD
Melvin Moeschberger, PhD

Professor emeritus of biostatistics Melvin “Mel” Moeschberger, PhD, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, at his home in Fishers, Indiana, at the age of 78.

After receiving a BS in mathematics and chemistry from Taylor University, an MS in mathematics from Ohio University and a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University, and following 10 years of teaching at the University of Missouri, Moeschberger accepted a position at The Ohio State University in 1980 where he served as a professor of biostatistics for 27 years.

Moeschberger was acclaimed for his work in the field of survival analysis, where he published several books, including “Survival Analysis Techniques for Censored and Truncated Data,” co-authored with John Klein. But he was most passionate about his dedication to helping students recognize their true potential.

“When someone writes to me to say that my course has prepared them the most of all the courses they’ve ever taken, then I know I’ve done a good job,” Moeschberger said before his retirement in 2007.

He served as chair of several public health divisions including biostatistics and epidemiology during his tenure and was instrumental in the creation of The Ohio State University Center for Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.

In recognition of his lifetime of research, teaching and professional service, Moeschberger was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2006.

We at the College of Public Health send our deepest condolences to his wife, Sandra Jo, his three children and eleven grandchildren.

In remembrance, the Moeschberger family requested his friends and loved ones contribute to Hands of Hope, Melvin and Sandra Moeschberger Scholarship Fund at Taylor University and International Friendship, Inc.


About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 23rd among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report, and also includes the top 7-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP), and Center for the Advancement of Tobacco Science (CATS).