Henry D. Moon

Henry D. Moon


Born: 28 September 1914, San Francisco, California

Died: 2 August 1974, San Mateo, California

Academic Degrees

  • AB: University of California, Berkeley, California 1935
  • MA: University of California, Berkeley, California 1937
  • MD: University of California, San Francisco, 1940

Academic Positions

  • 1947 - 1951 Chief of Pathology Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, San Francisco, California
  • 1953 - 1974 Associate Professor then Professor of Pathology (Chairman 1956 - 1974) University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California
  • 1956 - 1974 Pathologist-in-Chief, University of California Hospitals, San Francisco, California
  • 1969 - 1974 Professor of Forensic Pathology and Medicine, Division of Forensic Pathology and Medicine, Department of Pathology, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco, California


  • University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco

Selected Career Highlights

  • An expert on forensic and endocrine pathology (including ten important papers dealing with the purification, biologic assay and pathologic effects of the adrenocorticotrophic hormone, research that helped contribute to the final isolation of ACTH). This last while studying for the AB and MA (Anatomy) degrees at the Berkeley Campus of the University of California. All were published before he received his MD degree in 1940. Published 95 papers in all.

  • Studied the mechanisms of action of growth hormone and the role of the anterior pituitary gland and growth hormone in experimental carcinogenesis. Also contributed to knowledge in the field of arteriosclerosis, especially in infants and in experimental animals, the effect of non-protein nitrogen substances on subtotally nephrectomized animals, the association of aplastic anemia with atabrine dermatitis. Wrote many articles about the lysis of homologous cells by sensitized lymphocytes and mechanisms of immune cytolysis, and immunopathologic studies of porcine and human pancreatic elastase.

  • President of four major pathology societies including the American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists (1973), the American Society for Experimental Pathology (1968), Intersociety Committee on Pathology Information (1973-1974), and the California Society of Pathologists (1959-1960). Was also the President of the University of California Alumni-Faculty Association (1971-1972). He served on the Executive Committee/Board of Directors, and as Treasurer of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (1967-1972).

  • Two of his public service assignments were in the capacity of Visiting Professor to USSR and Korea. In Seoul, Syngman Rhee, the first President of the Republic received him affectionately. At the turn of the century, Syngman Rhee and Henry's father had migrated to the US to escape oppression at home and both these intellectuals knew each other well, and together helped organize the exiled Koreans and raise money for the cause. One can easily picture the warm welcome the President extended to the eldest son of his old Revolutionary comrade. Following completion of his official duties at Seoul, Henry visited the province where his father was born. There, a large assemblage of relatives gathered to greet him and showed him genealogy tables to the Moon family going back several centuries and pointed out to him the graves of his ancestors.


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