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Robert Stanton Gordon

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Robert Stanton Gordon Obituary
Gordon, Robert Stanton Robert Stanton Gordon, MD of Woodbridge, CT died Feb. 15, 2013 after a brief illness while vacationing on a cruise in the South Pacific with his wife of 60 years, Arden Clark Gordon. He was 90 years old. He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 12,1922 to the late Paul Gordon and Minna Gottlieb Gordon. He was preceded in death by his sister, Helen McHugh. In 1943, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University. He then went on to receive his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in only three years, graduating as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. After graduation, he spent one year as an intern in Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven, then entered the U.S. Navy where he was stationed in the South Pacific and Alaska. He also spent one year at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. In 1949, he returned to Yale New Haven Hospital to finish his residency that concluded with a final year as Chief Resident followed by a fellowship in Cardiology. In 1953, he entered private practice in Internal Medicine, working as a solo practitioner until he retired in 2004 at the age of 82. He was a dedicated physician to all of his patients, making house calls throughout his career. He was an attending physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital and St. Raphael Hospital and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians including being a member of the Governor's Council from 1985 to 1991. In 1991, he was honored with the Laureate Award, Connecticut Chapter of American College of Physicians. Dedicated as he was to his patients and medicine, his true passion was his family. In addition to his wife, he is survived by six children: Kimberly Gordon Tucker, MD (James Tucker, MD) of Pittsburgh, PA; Laurie Gordon McKennan, MD (the late James McKennan) of New Canaan, CT; Wendy Gordon Carey (Chase Carey) of New Canaan, CT, Robin Gordon Schaffer (Tony Schaffer) of Woodbridge, CT; Paul Clark Gordon, MD (Susan Duffy, MD) of Barrington, RI; and Stuart Robert Gordon, MD of Norwich, VT. "Bobby" as he was known to his eighteen grandchildren: Peter, Brad, and Scott Tucker; Chris, Oie, A.J., and Molly McKennan; Steven and Tara Carey; Henry, Katie, Teddy, and Bryan Schaffer; Matthew, Caroline, and Owen Gordon; Catherine and Connor Gordon; and one great grandson: Kane Tucker, lived life to the fullest and was happiest when he was with his family. Bob was an avid sportsman, skiing in Stowe, VT every winter, (where he and Arden spent their honeymoon) and surfing or windsurfing in Wellfleet, Massachusetts every summer. He was a member of the New Haven Lawn Club, playing tennis daily, weather permitting. Even after losing his right leg to an infection at the age of 84, he continued to ride his bike or swim every day. Bob was a life-long New York Giants and Boston Red Sox Fan, surviving their many defeats and reveling in their glorious victories in recent years. Though he was retired, he attended Grand Rounds at Yale New Haven Hospital every week, and he lived an active life until the day he died, leaving us all with a smile on his face. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his kind and peaceful demeanor, his adventurous and determined spirit, and his joy in all the blessings of his truly wonderful life. A memorial service will be held to honor Bob's life on April 7, 2013 at The New Haven Lawn Club at 12 noon, reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Yale New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508 in memory of Robert S. Gordon, MD to establish an annual Grand Rounds Lecture in his name. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 493 Whitney Ave.

Published in The New Haven Register on Mar. 3, 2013
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