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Dr. Lloyd F. Moss Sr., founder of local free clinic, dies

 Dr. Lloyd F. Moss Sr. stands outside the Moss Free Clinic in August 2002. At the time, Moss was retiring from a 53-year medical career.
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Date published: 8/29/2006


Dr. Lloyd F. Moss Sr., the longtime Fredericksburg physician for whom the region's free clinic is named, died yesterday in his home. He was 90.

"He was a man who was honored and revered by his three children, and he pretty much was a man of true character and integrity," said Moss' son, Dr. Lloyd F. Moss Jr.

Known to many simply as "Jeppy," Moss is best known for helping found in 1993 the Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic, which provides free health care for the uninsured poor.

Moss' family moved to Fredericksburg when he was 2 years old. The son of a railroad worker and homemaker, Moss graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1937 and Medical College of Virginia in 1941.

At MCV, Moss decided not to specialize and pursued family practice. He worked as a physician in the Army Air Forces during World War II, eventually becoming a major, before returning to the area to work in a medical practice that would later become Pratt Medical Center.

Moss married Marjorie Simpson in 1941, and had three children: Lloyd Jr., John and Margaret. Moss' wife died in 1981, and he married Margaret Alexander the following year.

People sometimes compared Moss to the old-fashioned country doctor--the type who would make house calls and visit his patients in nursing homes. The age of doctor and patient often traced a parallel track, as the young adults Moss treated in the post-war era grew older with him.

"It [family practice] may not be the highest-paying branch of medicine, but it's certainly rewarding in terms of patient appreciation," Moss told The Free Lance-Star in 1987, two years before he retired from Pratt.

In 1986, Moss' colleagues dedicated a $2 million Lloyd F. Moss Wing at Pratt Medical Center--the culmination of his decades treating Fredericksburg residents and guiding fellow physicians.

Then, the director at Pratt, Thomas A. Girton had described Moss as "a father figure for the physicians in the community they look up to him and seek advice from him."

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