Houston Treasures for 2005
Photo by: Alexander’s Fine Portrait Design
Publishers’ note: Robert Mosbacher, Sr. passed away in January, 2010. His public service and countless contributions to mankind and our community leave a lasting legacy.
Bob Mosbacher is Chairman of Mosbacher Energy Company and Trustee Emeritus of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He has served on the Boards of Directors of several huge publicly traded corporations and associations in the energy industry. He was President George H. W. Bush’s Secretary of Commerce, whose nomination of Bob was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was the point man and leading advocate of NAFTA and received the Aztec Eagle Award from Mexico’s President Ernesto Zedillo.
He has served as Chairman of U.T. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Board of Visitors and on the boards of American Hospital in Paris Foundation, U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and Odyssey Academy, Inc. He was General Chairman of the Republican National Committee and held a number of other political posts.
A graduate of Washington and Lee University, Bob is also a world champion sailor who has won a number of sailing prizes including two Gold Cups more than thirty years apart. Bob is a father of four, grandfather of six and step-father of one.
Michele McCutchen “Mica” Mosbacher is an award-winning feature writer and author, the recipient of two Press Club of Houston Excellence in Journalism awards. For the past seven years, Mica has worked tirelessly in a number of cultural, charitable, and social fundraising endeavors both in the United States and abroad. As a board member of the American Hospital of Paris she has chaired their galas and has helped bridge the gap during an awkward time for Franco-American relationships. Additionally, she has championed health issues unique to women and chaired the Hospital’s annual Women’s Health Seminar.
She has been honored by the M.D. Anderson Hospital Chaplancy Outreach for her contributions to the Houston hospital and also The Cancer League as a Pacesetter of the Year. In London she has been a co-chair of the annual PACT Ball (Parents and Children Together) that helps locate missing children. For the past eleven years, she has been a member of the National Council of Best Friends, a character education program. She spearheaded a group to bring this program to seven schools in Houston. For the past five years, she has chaired the Best Friends Gala in Washington, D.C., helping raise $4 million.
Along with husband Bob, she chaired the Woodrow Wilson Center event in Houston, raising over $900,000—an event record. Working on the President Bush 41@80 birthday celebration, the Mosbachers helped to raise $56 million for the Bushes’ three favorite charities. Additionally she and Bob have hosted countless events for charities in their home including Houston Ballet, Museum of Fine Arts, Strake Jesuit Capital Campaign and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Mica is an advocate for abused children. A former victim herself, she is seeking to put a face on those who have been hurt. She is chair of an inaugural event for Texans Against Sexual Abuse (TAASA) in Houston. Her impact on our community is significant, as she serves on the boards or committees of a vast array of worthwhile organizations and institutions. Mica, her son Cameron, and Bob reside in Houston with their spaniel Little Dickens.