Julian C. Mosley Jr.



Interview Date


Biographical History

Julian C. Mosley, Jr. received a degree in chemistry from St. Louis University in 1966. He then became the second black student to graduate from Washington University School of Medicine in 1972 and worked at the former Jewish and Homer G. Phillips hospitals.

He was also the first African-American to be the chief surgery resident at Jewish Hospital. In 1977, Mosley and Frank O. Richards opened a private practice in St. Louis. Mosley was an advocate for minority students at Washington University School of Medicine and worked to recruit black students to WUSM.


An interview of the Washington University Medical Center Desegregation History Project, conducted by Edwin W. McCleskey and associates, 1990. Approximate Length: 57 minutes.

Julian Mosley, the second Black student to graduate from Washington University School of Medicine, discusses his experiences as a student in the 1960s and recruitment strategies and programs for students from minority groups.

He begins by explaining why he decided to come to Washington University. He discusses the other Black students in his class and his efforts to recruit more Black students to the medical school. Mosley also discusses the work of Robert Lee as Assistant Dean for Minority Student Affairs and his success at recruiting students. He addresses specific efforts on the part of Lee, other students, and the university that supported minority students, including tutoring and individualized programs.

Mosley next discusses the Wessler Committee and later, their recommendations. He addresses the lack of Black professors at Washington University and at the medical school, and the lack of Black students in the residency programs. He also discusses the effects of the Supreme Court case Regents of the University of California v. Bakke on minority student recruitment.

He discusses his experience with integration in high school in East St. Louis, in the Air Force Academy, and at Washington University, and his experiences with professional societies and student medical associations and programs.

Lastly, Mosley explains what he believes needs to be done to recruit more Black graduate students and faculty, and gives his thoughts for the future.


Washington University Medical Center Desegregation History Project


Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives


Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Julian C. Mosley Jr. Oral History Audio