Local Obituaries

Dr. Franklin Moosnick, medical pioneer in Lexington, dies at 93

Dr. Franklin Moosnick of Lexington, who died Tuesday at age 93, was a medical pioneer in many ways.

He developed a cardiopulmonary resuscitation program for physicians and paramedics in Lexington.

He was an advocate for better cardiac care, emergency rooms and ambulances in the days before defibrillators and pacemakers. He promoted those improvements because, he would say, too many people were dying unnecessarily.

"He would say, 'Their hearts were too good to die,'" recalled retired cardiologist Dennis Kelly.

Dr. Moosnick held daylong sessions to train people in CPR. In addition, thousands of Lexington high school students were trained in CPR because he and the emergency medical service committee of the Lexington Rotary Club were instrumental in getting the Fayette County Board of Education to approve training courses.

Dr. Moosnick was recognized for his diagnosis and treatment of polio in the 1950s and '60s; when the Salk vaccine was developed, he promoted polio immunization in Central Kentucky.

But here is the true measure of the man: "His patients loved him," Kelly said. "His patients absolutely trusted him."

Jan Cerel, a longtime family friend and patient, remembers how Dr. Moosnick would make house calls accompanied by his two dachshunds. The dogs would stay in the car while the doctor tended to his patients.

"He was the type of diagnostician who could listen to you and look at you and know what was wrong," Cerel said.

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, four children and five grandchildren.

Services will be at noon Thursday at Ohavay Zion Synagogue. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Ohavay Zion or American Heart Association.

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