A Profile on Longevity: Louis Moseson


In early November, residents at our campus in the Highlands enjoyed a beautiful concert in the chapel performed by the Kling Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra was no stranger to Nazareth Home, having played several concerts over the years for the elders. Less than a month later, 97-year-old Louis Moseson of Louisville, who founded the Kling Chamber Orchestra in 1978, would come into our care at the Nazareth Home facility in Clifton.

“It’s a privilege for our team to get to know and provide care to Mr. Moseson. His efforts in founding and conducting the Kling Chamber Orchestra have brought so much joy to Nazareth Home time and time again,” said Dr. Bonnie Lazor, medical director at Nazareth Home. “We have enjoyed hearing about all he has accomplished through his passionate pursuit of learning and giving back to others for so many years.”

Mr. Moseson’s daughter, Carol Savkovich, spent time telling us about all the many activities her father enjoyed in life and how much he adored his family. He and his wife Margaret, who were married for 63 years, had four children. Carol recalls that they spent time outdoors a lot as a family and loved hiking and canoeing, which Mr. Moseson did well into his 80s.

“My dad was a very vibrant and incredibly active man,” said Savkovich.

She credits his mental toughness to time spent overseas in WWII as an infantryman in the Army. He contracted malaria upon landing in Africa and went on to fight in Italy and France. He came home with two Purple Hearts and a hand wound that prevented him from completing his major in piano performance at Indiana University, but he didn’t let that get him down. Once is hand healed, he picked up playing again and even learned the cello with his 13-year-old son years later. When his son’s middle school orchestra teacher suggested that Mr. Moseson try composing music, he did just that and completed over 30 works for string ensembles.

Perhaps Mr. Moseson was best known for joining his father’s Louisville clothing store for men, Moseson & King, in 1946 and operating it until it sold in 1976. He enjoyed sales so much that he wrote a book about it called “Unique and Successful Selling Techniques” that was published in 1979.

“I always thought of him as a renaissance man because he had so many talents and interests and did them all well. He was a real family man that provided for and loved his family,” said Savkovich.

His achievements and honors in the community, including the WLKY Bell Award and Red Cross Volunteer of the Year, are too numerous to name here. Likewise, Mr. Moseson had a long list of hobbies throughout his life that included photography, painting, playing music, and woodcarving, among others.

While at Nazareth Home, he enjoyed frequent visits from his daughter, Carol, and loved watching the classical music channel in his room. Mr. Moseson passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022.

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