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Thursday December 6, 2012

Dr. Duncan A. Gordon
After a one year fight with acute myelogenous leukemia, Duncan Alexander Gordon, passed away December 2, 2012, in his 83rd year. Duncan spent the last year of his life in his own home, treated with successful outpatient therapy until the last few days of his life.
Predeceased by his parents, A. Murray and Isabel Gordon of Sturgeon Falls, first wife Dr. Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Munro, nephew Robert Crombie and beloved son Fraser Gordon. Survived by his sons Alex Gordon (Caitlin) and Campbell Gordon and their mother Dr. Kathy Pritchard; grandson Finlay Gordon; sisters Mary Jane Crombie (Guy), Carol Farnsworth (Donald) and brother Fred Gordon; cousin and best friend Gordon Taylor (Ginger); nieces and nephews Carol Crombie (Stephen Pile), John Crombie (Judith), Jane Gregor (Donald), Susan Farnsworth (Byron Guerron), Michael Farnsworth, Bill Pritchard,Andy Pritchard (Bishnu Sthrestha), and Lis Pritchard Smith; great nieces and nephews, Christopher and Emily Pile, Andrew and Anne Crombie, Keenan, Connor and Kaylee Gregor, Diego and Isabel Guerron and William Smith; brother-in-law Bob Pritchard (Barbara Caldwell), Uncle Bill and Aunt Edith Powles and his beloved housekeeper Margaret Ferran.
Duncan was a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother and uncle and friend to many. Duncan enjoyed time at Six Mile Lake with his family. He loved golf and skiing and shared these passions with his sons and friends.
Duncan was born in the original Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in North Bay, June 15, 1930 and remained strongly connected to North Bay and Northern Ontario, throughout his personal life and patient referrals. He was a graduate of Upper Canada College, and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. He studied Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and McGill, and rheumatology and immunology with Dr. John Vaughan at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York. The Canadian Rheumatology community has held Duncan in great affection as a key figure in the evolution of the specialty. He was a proponent for recognition of Canadian achievement in the international arena.
Duncan was a consultant in the Rheumatic Disease Unit at the Wellesley Hospital from 1964 to 1974, and the Director of Rheumatology at McMaster University from 1974 to 1976. He was a Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Rheumatology at the Toronto Western Hospital from 1976 until 1991, and remained on staff as a Senior Rheumatologist and Professor Emeritus until his retirement earlier this year. Duncan was known internationally as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Rheumatology since 1979, past President of the Pan-American League of Associations for Rheumatology and Vice President of the International League of Associations for Rheumatology (1990 to 1994). He was a Master of the American College of Rheumatology, received the Award of Merit of the Arthritis Society in Canada, and was named to the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award of the Canadian Rheumatology Association in 1992.
Duncan will be fondly remembered by many young clinicians, whom he encouraged to ''write up your research,'' as both teacher and mentor. A contributor of historical vignettes and articles on the early days of Rheumatology, his love of learning, life and sense of humour will be sadly missed by all who knew him, including his ''other family'' at The Journal of Rheumatology, RDU staff, students, interns, residents, fellows and colleagues.
Thank you to the nursing and medical staff at Toronto General Hospital, and at Princess Margaret Hospital (outpatient and 15B). Special thanks to Dr. Andrzej Lutynski and his friend, colleague and physician, Dr. Mark Minden.
The family will receive friends for a visitation at Morley Bedford Funeral Services, 159 Eglinton Avenue West (2 lights west of Yonge St.) on Thursday December 6, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Glebe Road United Church, 20 Glebe Road East on Friday December 7 at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Duncan A. Gordon Scholarship Fund, and mailed to The Arthritis Society.

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