Plutonium Injections – Patient HP-6

This biography is in honor of one of the patients that were injected with plutonium in Rochester, NY during WWII.

John & Rose

Rose & John

John B. Mousso was born 14 Nov. 1901. He was one of 12 children of Peter and Laura Mousso. In the 1920 census John is age 15 and living with his parents at 805 Garfield St. in East Rochester, NY. It was about that time that John began working at the car shops in East Rochester and he worked there for 20 years.

In 1922 John married Rosalia C. “Rose” Winterhalter (born 23 Nov 1901) in Rochester. They lived on West Ivy Street in East Rochester. They only had one son that was born in 1937.

John liked to hunt and fish and played cards with the neighbors. He also volunteered at the Fire Department and in 1936 was the Assistant Chief. Somewhere around 1940 he began working at the piano factory in East Rochester.

John was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital suffering from Addison’s disease. Then he was injected on 1 Feb. 1946 with .325 microcuries of plutonium. That dosage is 46 times the amount of radiation a person would receive in a lifetime. John would return to Strong from 21 June to 1 July 1973 for follow-up studies. It appears that he never was told of his injections. John continued working and in 1960 he is a maintenance man for the Village of East Rochester.

John's tombstone

John's tombstone

John’s wife, Rose, died 4 Aug. 1980 and was buried in White Haven Memorial Park in Perinton, NY. Then John died 6 May 1984 at aged 82 in East Rochester of “natural causes” according to funeral home records. He was buried along side of his wife, Rose.

Rose and John

Rose and John