July 12, 1928 - March 26, 2014 Dr. Seymour Gassner passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014 after a prolonged illness. He was 85 years of age. Born in New York City, he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon at age 5, where he spent his youth. He attended both Reed College and the University of Oregon for his undergraduate degrees, then continued his studies at Washington University in St. Louis, earning his medical degree in 1957. He went on to serve two year in the US Air Force as a general medical officer, obtaining the rank of captain, and then completed his orthopedic residency at UCLA in 1964. Dr. Gassner practiced as an orthopedic surgeon in the San Fernando Valley for over 40 years as the founding partner in the San Fernando Valley Orthopedic Medical Group. He was a past president of the medical staff at Northridge Hospital 1978-1979, and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for over 40 years. He was an avid golfer, skier, bridge player and traveler, as well as a long standing member of El Caballero Country Club and the Valley Jesters for whom he served as King in 2005. Seymour leaves a legacy of loving friends and family members who will always remember his kind and gentle spirit, his talent and compassion as a surgeon, his expertise at being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and as a friend to the many who knew him. He is survived by his adoring wife, Charmalee, of 59 years, 3 children Gordon (Sari), Larry (Kim), and Cheryl, 6 fabulous grandchildren Jennifer, Jessica, Steven, Stephanie, Molly, and Cory, as well as many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews throughout his beloved Pacific Northwest. In addition he is survived by his devoted sister-in-law Ruth Gassner, widow of his older brother Daniel Gassner. There will be a celebration of his life April 18th at El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, California at 1130am. Memorial donations to honor Seymour can be made to the
or the Norris Cancer Institute.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Mar. 29, 2014