Emanuel Krieger Gordon

February 13, 1945August 4, 2014

Emanuel "Corky" Gordon, M.D. passed away August 5 at the age of 69 of complications from treatment for a recent illness. A noted emergency room physician, Dr. Gordon was board certified in internal and emergency medicine. He worked as an emergency room physician at Cedars Sinai for many years and then formed a medical partnership that operated the emergency rooms at Midway Hospital, Valley Presbyterian and Simi Valley Adventist. After his retirement, he taught a course on doctoring to third year medical students at UCLA Medical School. A lifelong Angelino, he graduated from Stanford in 1966 and USC School of Medicine in 1971. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Judi Gordon, his two children, Emily and Ben as well as his sisters Erica Gordon and Jessica (Eric) Schreiber and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Services will be held Friday, August 8 at 11 am at Groman Eden Mortuary in the Eternal Light Chapel. Burial will follow in Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills. Those who wish may make a donation in Corky's memory to Western Folklife Center, Doctors without Borders or to the charity of your choice or may send flowers to Groman Eden Mortuary.


  • Funeral Service Friday, August 8, 2014

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Ron McDougall

October 15, 2014

My condolences to the Gordon family on this sudden and unexpected loss. I lost contact with Corky in his adult life, but I have fond memories of the two summers that we spent as best buddies at National Music Camp, Interlochen.

Graciela Lange

September 18, 2014

My sister ran across Corky's obituary in the LA Times. I was shocked and saddened by his untimely death.
I had the pleasure of working with Corky at LAC-USC Med Center in 1973-74 on a hectic and often chaotic medical unit (Med Ocho) He always kept his cool and could be counted on to "fine tune" patients at the brink of death.. As chief resident and then fellow, he guided the residents and med students with such care and genuine support. I admired his calm and empathy; he had so much compassion for his patients especially the homeless and indigent. Many transitioned at his parent's home when they had no where to recover post hospitalization. He had such a huge heart!
Every time I hear Roy Orbison, the Everly brothers & Sam Cooke not to exclude Malaguena Salerosa by Bud & Travis, I will think of my dear friend. He is no doubt jamming away in Heaven with his bass guitar, eating Mexican food and keeping a watchful eye on those he loved.
My condolences to his wife, Judi, his children and his sisters. I had the pleasure of meeting Erica and know their relationship was especially close and special. No words can express the void he leaves. I take comfort in knowing we will see each other again. To coin his favorite phrase, "Every River finds its way to the Sea- eventually.

Graciela (Gracie) Lange RN
Bellevue, Washington

August 12, 2014

The Geib family is thinking of you and your family during this most difficult time . Tom and Deedee Geib (mike Michaelson's daughter)

Jacqueline Bradley

August 11, 2014

So sorry to hear this sad news. I met Corky only a few times, but always heard about his life and family from Erica (my college roommate). My deepest sympathy to you all on this loss. I know you have many warm, lovely memories to comfort you.

Paula Shatsky

August 9, 2014

Dear Judi, Emily, and Ben,

I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Corky's untimely passing. He was such a funny,kind, welcoming man. He always made me feel at home with the "Xmas Eve crew".

Wishing you all comfort in this sad passage.


Paula Shatsky (Robin and Steve)

Jean (Fiske) Kester-Hansen

August 8, 2014

I knew Corky from before high school. We grew up in the same neighborhood. I was shocked and saddened by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Sarah Ovenden

August 7, 2014

Corky's kindness and empathy flowed out through every pore of his being, it seemed. The loss of all of that goodness in the world is hard to conceive. His train family sends their deepest condolences to Judi, Emily and Ben at this terribly difficult time. His love for you was a palpable thing and a joy to behold.

Charlie Hunter

August 7, 2014

Corky was a treasured member of the Roots on the Rails family, and he will deeply missed. His family and friends are in our thoughts today; his memory will long live on.

Peter O'Brien

August 7, 2014

Corky was the truest, kindest, most generous friend. I was blessed to have him come into my life in 2005 and even more blessed to know his beautiful family. His love for them and pride in their achievements was very evident. My heart goes out to them as they cope with his death at what was still a young age.