Dr. Edward Theodore Gordon

March 4, 1923July 30, 2013

Edward Theodore Gordon was born on March 4, 1923. He was one of four children of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gordon of Charlestown, Massachusetts. Edward was predeceased by his brothers, Nathan and David, and his sister, Celia. Edward graduated from Boston English High School. He attended Tufts College and Tufts University School of Medicine and graduated at the top of his class in 1944 and 1947 respectively. Following a rotating internship at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, Dr. Gordon pursued a residency in General Surgery at the University of Minnesota where he trained under Dr. Owen Wangensteen. In 1949, Dr. Gordon became the Chief of Surgical Services at the 7th Station Army Hospital in Trieste, Italy. Upon his return from Europe, Dr. Gordon completed his surgical training at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Gordon practiced at Quincy City Hospital and Milton Hospital for over three decades serving as Chief of Surgery and President of the Medical Staff. A lifelong supporter of Tufts University School of Medicine, he was active in the medical school alumni association founding the M Club dedicated to financial supporting his alma mater. Along with his wife, the late Claire Gordon, they supported several scholarships for deserving medical students.

Dr. Gordon met his wife, Claire Braverman of Quincy, when they were both in high school. They were married during Dr. Gordon’s second year at Tufts University School of Medicine. During their nearly 67 years of marriage they lived in New York, Minnesota, and Trieste, Italy before returning to Quincy in 1950. The family ultimately moved to Milton in 1960 where they resided for the duration of their lives together.

Dr. Gordon’s lifelong love of medicine influenced the career choices of his three sons, all of whom pursued careers in the medical field (clinical and administrative). He loved classical music and was an avid reader especially enjoying historical and political non-fiction books. He and Mrs. Gordon spent many happy summers at their vacation home in Chatham, Massachusetts where he enjoyed golf, tennis and boating.

Dr. Gordon was predeceased by his wife of nearly 67 years in May 2012. He is survived by his three sons, Dr. Michael Alan Gordon and wife Mary of Sanford, North Carolina, Steven Roger Gordon and wife Sharon of Brattleboro, Vermont, and Dr. John David Gordon and wife Dr. Allison Smith of Bethesda, Maryland. He is lovingly remembered by his nine grandchildren and celebrated the birth of his first great-grandchild last July.

Funeral services will be held at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel, 475 Washington Street, Canton, on Friday, August 2 at 2:00pm.

Interment will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions in Edward’s memory may be made to the Dr. Edward T. and Claire Gordon Family Scholarship Fund, Tufts University School of Medicine, 136 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02111.


At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember him.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter, we remember him.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember him.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember him.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember him.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember him.

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us, as we remember him.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember him.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember him.

When we have joy we crave to share, we remember him.

When we have decisions that are difficult to make, we remember him.

When we have achievements that are based on his, we remember him.

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us.

from Rabbi Sylvan Kamens & Rabbi Jack Reimer


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 2, 2013
  • Military Honors Friday, August 2, 2013

Dr. Edward Theodore Gordon

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Lorena Lumen

October 21, 2013

Thank you for the frenship.its been 18 or 19 years last time seen i saw dr. Edward here in the philippines.

budjoy lumeb

October 21, 2013

Condolences to the Gordon Family. I was her frend long time ago when he went to our country. I remember him as a happy person (always smile). I will miss him.

Sandra MInelli

August 5, 2013

Dear Gordon Family, Our thought and prayers are with your family. Dr Gordon was a wonderful man and very special to our family.
The Medico Family
Rockland, Ma

Linda Bornstein

August 3, 2013

Dear Michael and Mary, Steve and Sharon, John and Allison, and all of the Gordon Family,
Ben and I were so saddened to learn of Ted's passing..a wonderful and unforgettable man and Lenny's best friend. So many fond memories came flooding back of the special times we spent with your parents on the Cape and at other events. Len and Ted would have very lengthy phone conversations on a regular basis where they would air their complaints and rail against the inequities of the world and the changes in the practice of medicine. We cherish our memories of our boat trips on Pleasant Bay and Ted taking Ben tubing. We will always remember both your parents with love and affection. Our thoughts and hearts are with you...
Linda Bornstein


August 3, 2013

My condolences to the Gordon family and friends of Dr.Gordon.He will be missed by many.

August 3, 2013

Dear Steve and Sharon - and family,

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. He was a wonderful father and a great surgeon. I know he will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies,
Les Selbovitz and Marcy Slovin

August 2, 2013

Michael;May I express my condolences on the passing of your father.Gary Bolgar.

Skip Davis

August 2, 2013


August 2, 2013

To the Sons and Family of Dr. Gordon,
In 1965, your dear Dad operated on and saved the life of my grandfather, Larry Antonelli, even though his ailments were so severe and state so weakened that no other surgeon would touch him - to which I and my family have always felt indebted to your father for and admired his skill, courage, and integrity of character as well. May God now be showering His Blessings upon your Dad in the Light, Happiness, Peace, & Joy of Heaven together again with your beloved mother; and, May God's Presence, Peace, and Consolation Be especially with you and your family at this difficult time and see you through to better and joyfilled days yet again.
Respectfully, Gratefully, & Prayerfully Yours,
Frank L. Montani, So. Yarmouth, Mass.(formerly of Quincy & Milton)

Jonathan Burak

August 2, 2013

Dear Steven, Michael, and John,

My sister Marjorie and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. He was such a great man as well an extraordinary Doctor and a wonderful friend of our family. We will always keep Dr. Gordon and Claire in our hearts.

Sincerely yours,

Jonathan Burak