Dr. Gordon E. Pyne|
Dr. Gordon Pyne ("Gordy" to his friends) peacefully passed away at home on January 17th at the age of 91, surrounded by his loving children. Born in Spokane, he later moved to Clarkston and then ultimately Raymond, Washington. The son of a grocer, he began work at an early age, earning 5 cents/hour boxing fruit, which was enough to attend a double feature film at the local theater. At Raymond High School he excelled in sports through grit and determination, particularly tennis, where he was the team's #1 ranked player.
After high school, he briefly attended Washington State University before joining the Merchant Marines at the beginning of World War II. His voyages took place in both the Pacific and Atlantic sectors, as well as on the perilous Murmansk run. At the end of the war he enrolled at the University of Washington, studying Psychology and History. In 1950 he married his sweetheart Beverly, and moved into a small apartment near Cowen Park in Seattle. He later completed his pre-med studies, and then joined the 3rd class of the new UW Medical School. Upon graduation in 1953, he interned at Harborview Hospital, and subsequently served in the Air Force as a Flight Surgeon, stationed at Brookley AFB in Mobile, AL. After completing his duties, he returned to Seattle in 1958 was named Chief Pediatric Resident at Children's Orthopedic Hospital.
In 1959 he began his pediatric practice, and was instrumental in establishing Sand Point Pediatrics as one of the best in the area. His patients travelled from all over western Washington to see him. But the ultimate professional complement was that myriad physician colleagues, from all medical specialties, trusted him to care for their own kids.
Dr. Pyne helped to establish Children's Orthopedic Hospital's reputation for excellence, serving as Chief of Pediatrics from 1967 to 1974. He detested meetings and organizations in general, but cared so compassionately for kids that he agreed to leadership positions that he otherwise would have eschewed. His work ethic, integrity, modesty and wisdom were inspirational. A dear friend recalled that he had an uncanny ability to detect and condemn phoniness. He always put his family and patients first. He refused to raise the cost of office visits, and routinely would meet patients at his office in the wee hours of the night to spare them the expense and inconvenience of a visit to the emergency room; often he would "forget" to even send a bill afterwards.
He rarely spent any money on himself, and did not take his first vacation until he had been in practice for 10 years. He was an avid Husky fan, attending basketball and football games for nearly 50 years until his vision failed. He became an avid fly fisherman, and enjoyed his time with friends much more than the fishing itself. He was a voracious reader of history and biographies, and listened to books on tape later in life.
Gordon was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 62 years, Beverly. He is survived by his sister Betty, children Larry, Linda, and Patrick; grandchildren Katie, Kenny, and Julian; daughter-in-law Kristi and nieces Ann and Kathy, their spouses and children.
A celebration of life will be held at the University of Washington (Faculty) Club on Sunday February 16th at 2:00 p.m. Memorial remembrances may be made to help find a cure for kids with Type 1 Diabetes at northwest.jdrf.org/get-involved.
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 26, 2014