Robert O. Gordon dies; orthopedic surgeon

March 11, 2014

Robert O. Gordon, an orthopedic surgeon and a full clinical professor at Georgetown University Medical Center, died Feb. 27 at his home in Washington. He was 71.

The cause was cancer, said his wife, Toni Gordon.

Robert Orrin Gordon, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, was a 1965 graduate of Harvard University and a 1969 graduate of Yale Medical School. Early in his career, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service.

He received a Georgetown University award for his clinical expertise and was part of a U.S. medical delegation invited to China in the early 1980s. He was a past member of the Georgetown Day School board of trustees and led the capital campaign in the 1980s for the new high school campus, his family said.

His memberships included the James Renwick Alliance, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Toni Gordon of Washington; two daughters, Kimberly Schoonover of Potomac and Hayley Pivato of Washington; and three grandchildren.

— Samantha Raphelson

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