Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
It is with great sadness that I share the news that Dr. Roger Monsour passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, September 26 at the age of 83. Dr. Monsour was a loyal and steadfast supporter of USF Health. Roger lived a life full of purpose dedicated to the people and causes about which he deeply cared. Born in Flint, Michigan in 1935, much of his life would revolve around that city and the larger midwestern region. Roger met his future wife Barbara Harken Monsour while attending Des Moines University, and they were married on August 29, 1962, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Roger cherished his time with friends and family. He was a long serving member of the First Presbyterian Church in Flint, and was deeply engaged with the Genesee Lodge #174 F.A.M, Flint Council #56 R.A.M., Washington Chapter, Knights Templar, York Rite College, Elf Khurafeh Shrine, and was a chairman for two Michigan State Conclaves for the Royal Order of Arch Masons. In his free time, he enjoyed skiing, boating, and especially golf, holding memberships at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club and Tampa Palms Golf and Country Clubs.
Dr. Monsour also led an industrious professional life as a physician and businessman. He earned his D.O. from the University of Des Moines in 1963. Upon completing his degree, he returned to his native Flint serving an internship at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. He went on to become the hospital’s Chief-of-Staff and Vice-President. He would also serve as Director of Medical Affairs at Health Source Group and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.
Roger and Barbara began spending time in Tampa Bay in 1989, and quickly became part of the USF family. From 2001-2014, the couple were active at USF Events, including those for Women in Leadership and Philanthropy, the President’s Council, USF Health, the Alumni Association, Campaign Dinners, and Hockey and Football games.
Dr. Monsour’s contribution to USF is incalculable. Besides serving as board member for the USF Foundation and at large member of the USF Athletics’ Hall of Fame Executive Committee, Roger and Barbara also generously donated to USF Health to start the Roger and Barbara Monsour Endowed Scholarship and the College of Nursing Barbara Harken Monsour Scholarship.
One of Roger and Barbara’s most ambitious projects was the Monsour Executive Wellness Center, founded in 2010 due to their generous gift. As an experienced industry leader, Dr. Monsour recognized there was a distinct need for personalized, comprehensive, and efficient executive care. The Monsours took an active and instrumental role in designing the program. Ever since, the Monsour Executive Wellness Center has been a resounding success, providing Tampa Bay’s leaders with access to excellent care and a welcoming environment to achieve their optimum wellness.
We wish to offer our heartfelt condolences to Roger’s family and friends, and express our gratitude for all that he and Barbara have so generously given to our university.
Dr. Charles J. Lockwood
Senior Vice President, USF Health
Dean, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine