Dr. John G Gordon Obituary
IHS Class of 1902
Seneca County News - April 19, 1962
Death early Tuesday afternoon, April 10, claimed Dr. John G. Gordon, 79, a practicing physician in Ovid for 54 years until his retirement last February.
Dr. Gordon died in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where he underwent surgery three weeks ago.
It was because of ill health that Dr. Gordon, the dean of Seneca County physicians, retired early this year.
A native of West Schuyler, Herkimer County, Dr. Grodeon was born March 15, 1883 and was a son of Charles M. and Sara A. Wood Gordon. He received his early education in the schools of Ilion and was graduated from the School of Medicine at Syracuse University in 1908 after serving an intership in the Hospital of the Good Shepherd of that city.
Dr. Gordon began the practice of medicine in a two room office at Ovid shortly after leaving medical school and was a general practioner here from that time until his retirement.
For many years, he served the Ovid area as Health Officer and school physician until his retirement and for many years served as a Seneca County Coroner.
A Word War One veteran, Dr. Gordon entered that conflict as a lieutenant and after serving both in this country and overseas, was discharged as a captain.
In 1910, Dr. Gordon married the former Miss Anna L. Kinne of Ovid and several years after her death married her sister, Miss Margaret Kinne, also of Ovid.
A life member and Past President of the Seneca County Medical Society, Dr. Gordon also was a member of the New York State Medical Association and of Phi Beta Pi, Medical Fraternity.
He also was a life member of Union Lodge, 114, F. and A. M., of Ovid and was a member of Ovid Chapter, 92, Royal Arch Masons. He belonged to South Seneca Post, American Legion and to the Ovid Federated Church.
In 1958, Dr. Gordon was honored by the new York State Medical Association at the 152nd Annual Convention in New York City for his long career as a doctor. Along with other pioneer physicians in the State, he was awarded a certificate of 50 years service to the medical profession.
On October 19, 1959, Ovid villagers and rural residents paid tribute to Dr. Gordon at a testimonial reception in Ovid Central School and at the same time the Seneca County Medical Society honored him by naming him a life member.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, John Gordon of Williamsville, N.Y., and William Gordon of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Mrs. David Boeckel of Tonowanda; four brothers, Clinton of Bradenton, Florida, Ward of Detroit, Mich., George of South Carolina and Stanley of Ilion; a sister, Miss Ruth Gordon of Ilion and five grandchildren.
Service was conducted at 2 p.m, Thursday in the Gordon home in North Main Street, Ovid. The Rev. David Sheldon, Pastor of the Ovid Federated Church officated and burial was in Union cemetery, Ovid.