Posted on: August 31, 2021
Dr. Daniel Nathan Mohler, Jr. died August 17, 2021 at his home, Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born June 22, 1927 in Charleston, West Virginia to Daniel N. Mohler and Barbara Byrne Mohler.
Dan attended Woodberry Forest School and graduated from Charleston High School. After a brief stint in the army at the end of WWII, he earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of Virginia. In college, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, Eli Banana Ribbon Society and the Z Society. Dan was captain of the UVA track team. At 6’4”, he leveraged his long legs on the high school and college track teams, competing in the high hurdles. In the army, he competed in track and field in the Military Olympics.
Dan met his wife, Harriet Hill Hodges when they were both students at the University of Virginia. They were married in Charleston, West Virginia in 1951.
Dan completed an internal medicine internship and two years of residency at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. He then returned to UVA as chief resident in internal medicine. He completed a hematology research fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Dan joined the faculty at the UVA School of Medicine in 1960. In addition to teaching, conducting research and treating patients as a professor of medicine, Dan served in various administrative and leadership roles including Acting Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, Vice Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Dean of the School of Medicine.
Dan received the John Horsely Memorial Prize for Medical Research and the Laureate Award for Career Achievement in Internal Medicine from the Virginia chapter of the American College of Physicians. He was a proud member of the AOA-VA Honor Society-Sigma XI, the Raven Society, and Omicron Delta Kappa. Dan was loved by his students for his warm and wise guidance and steadfast support. He felt his greatest career contribution was the success of future doctors.
Dan took great pride in being a quadruple ‘Hoo’ and was an avid UVA sports fan for his entire adult life. He volunteered for the Recording for the Blind, reading science textbooks for sight-impaired students. Dan enjoyed tennis, card games, and dance parties with family and friends. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and was known affectionately to them as Poppy. Dan had a good story or funny ditty for every occasion. He wrote heartfelt poems for his family and friends on their weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. Dan will be remembered for his big personality, integrity, kindness and humor. He shared limericks with his caregivers until the very end.
Dan is survived by his wife of 69 years, four children, Marian Mohler Scott, Margaret Mohler Cromelin (Paul), Mimi Mohler Hunt, Daniel Nathan Mohler III (Liz), seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister, Barbara Mohler Wright, his brother, William E. Mohler II and his son in law, William Clarke Scott.
A memorial gift may be made to the University of Virginia School of Medicine Class of 1953 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 37963, Boone, Iowa 50037 or Recording for the Blind, 3500 Remson Court, Charlottesville, VA 22901. In light of recent events, no memorial service is planned at this time.