James Gordon "Gordy" Bateman
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Longtime Long Beach resident and doctor, James Gordon "Gordy" Bateman passed away Monday, September 10, 2012. Gordy was born in 1917 (parents: James Bateman and Mary James) in Britannia Beach, British Columbia and went to medical school at University of Minnesota. While at medical school he met and married classmate, Olive Lundgren M.D. in 1941. During World War II he joined the navy, went to submarine school and became one of three medical doctors in the submarine service and trained in hard-hat diving. He was stationed on the submarine tender Orion in the Pacific and went on cruises in some of the more famous submarines of the war earning his "dolphins" for a medical officer. After the war he and Olive went to Minnesota for his residency at the Mayo Clinic and then moved to Long Beach where he started his practice in orthopedic surgery with Leon Wiltse M.D.. He worked at a variety of hospitals but predominately Long Beach Memorial. In 1956 Gordy and Olive moved into the "big pink house" in Naples on Alamitos Bay where they raised their 5 children. In 1976, while on vacation in Florida, a devastating earthquake hit Guatemala ultimately resulting in over 20,000 deaths. Gordy and Olive grabbed what they could and promptly flew down to assist the victims in Guatemala. After days of non-stop working/surgery with no facilities and living out in the open they finally returned to Long Beach with Gordy nursing a bad case of pneumonia. Gordy was quite involved in saltwater fishing and the sight of his boat, the Fighting Lady, leaving dock onto another fishing adventure was a common sight. He was an active member of the Southern California Tuna Club, the Long Beach Yacht Club and the Tuna Club at Avalon, Catalina. Gordy was preceded in death by his wife, Olive; his sister, Morfydd and her husband, Harry Tilton. He is survived by his five children, Jane, Karen, Bonnie, Jim, Harry; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, numerous friends and a host of memories.
At his request no services will be held. Contributions may be made to the Southern California Tuna Club Foundation at : Southern California Tuna Club Foundation, 6289 East Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, 90803. Please sign the guest book at www.presstelegram.com/obituaries.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from Oct. 5 to Oct. 7, 2012