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Thomas John Norman Gordon, MD

Born: Mon., Sep. 12, 1949
Died: Sun., Jun. 1, 2008

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Dr. Thomas John Norman Gordon M.D. was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 12, 1949. He was the oldest of five children and grew up in Euclid, Ohio. He attended St. Joseph's High School in Euclid, OH and was a strong athlete for both wrestling and football teams. Amidst texts and journals, his senior year "Undefeated ‘66" patch sits on a shelf in his office. He graduated in 1967. He accepted a football scholarship from Case Western Reserve, leaving the team after one year to wholly pursue his irresistible love; knowledge. He graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in biology in 1971. Three years after hitchhiking to his interview, he earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University in 1974. Always industrious, Tom worked scrupulously to obtain his education. As a child, he delivered papers and was always first in line when neighbors had a job to give, eager to seize any opportunity to work. Unrelenting, he worked multiple jobs during high school, college, medical school, and even during his residency. From factory work to being a postal worker to waiting tables to playing gigs with his band, "The Rising Sons," to reviewing data in a genetics research lab, to moonlighting at various hospitals; he simply never stopped. During his time at Ohio State, he met the lovely Victoria Stefanov, an agricultural science major from Irwin, Pennsylvania. They married on November 26, 1977 and eventually settled down to raise a family in South Buffalo, Pennsylvania. Tom completed his internship at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, MI in 1975. Afterwards, he returned to Cleveland to begin a residency in Ophthalmology at Mt Sinai and St. Luke hospitals. In 1977 his enthusiasm for ophthalmology faded and he desired change. From 1977-79 he trained in Emergency Medicine, working for Emergency Medical Associates, Inc. in Columbus, OH and Central Medical Pavilion in Pittsburgh, PA. By the spring of 1979, Tom longed for the continuity of patient care he previously had. He became weary of working so many nights away from home. Ophthalmology, his initial inclination, he determined, was what he was designed to do. He traveled south, completing his training as an Ophthalmologist at the University of Mississippi from 1979-81. He became a Board Certified Ophthalmologist in 1982 and was an active member in many professional organizations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pennsylvania Association of Ophthalmology, the Pittsburgh Medical Society and the Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society. He worked at Allegheny Valley Hospital and had privileges at Allegheny General Hospital, and UPMC Eye and Ear Hospital. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Evelyn Gordon. Tom is survived by his wife, Vicki Gordon, and children, Rachel, Kate, Matt, and Travis Gordon, and siblings Edward Gordon (Rita), Marcia Gordon, Michelle Gordon (Steve), and Daryl Gordon. En Lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to The Gordon Ariadne, a charitable fund established by Tom. In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the woman who loved the hero Theseus. As he cast off to fulfill his sense of duty, she gave him a ball of golden thread so that he might find his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth. Tom believed that if a loved one must leave, the best gift is sustenance; education, knowledge, opportunity, a chance to succeed. Proceeds are intended to help disadvantaged children in Armstrong County in their efforts to break away from unfortunate situations. To make a donation, contact:Armstrong County Community Foundation160 North McKean StKittanning PA 16201Phone: (724) 548-5897 A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday June 7th 2008 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 608 High St Freeport PA 16229. (724) 295-2281.

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Taylor Glock and family

I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father/husband. Dr. Gordon was an extremely genuine person and he will be missed by many. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

The Glock Family

Tony and Judy Policicchio

We will remember Tom always. He touched us deeply with his special blend of charm, curiosity and kindness. There were many evenings that his openness to investigate all types of issues provided us with hours of enjoyable conversation. He inspired us with his sense of adventure.

Tom was open and unpretentious. His fascination with music seemed to keep him young at heart and his memory of lyrics impressed us all.

Always searching, sometimes groping for the answers to life's mysteries, we often agreed that family, faith, and freedom were as close to the solution as we could come and he cherished them deeply.

Goodbye, my dear friend. You made me laugh loud and long. You will not be forgotten and will be dearly missed. Rest in peace.

Tim Keough and family

I can't express how much Tom and his family has meant to us. The summers spent with them will never be forgotten, neither will Tom. He was an exceptional person and I learned so much from him. He was a wonderful husband, father, cousin, and friend and taught by example. I will cherish our walks when he would come to visit, and our conversations that started out slow and he would take them deeper than I thought possible. Sometimes he left me scratching my head, and other times he made me realize that there is more to most situations than is readily apparent. I will miss him greatly, but I will never forget him.

Jim Faiola Family

Our family has been seeing Dr. Gordon for many years. His compassion and concern was truly remarkable.Our deepest sympathy to his family.We are surely going to miss him.

Terry Damico

My prayers will be with your family. I have been taking my mother to Dr. Gordon for many years. He has saved my son's eye. He evan has told us about the wonderful vacation with his family about one year ago. His Christmas socks that are almost worn out, but he still wears, because he loves them !!!!! I will miss his smile with every visit. Three visits ago he sang to my mother and danced around. She smiled and we giggled all the way home.

Thank you for sharing your husband, father and father-in-law with our family.

He will be missed with many smiles... Terry

Kennerdell Family

We are truly saddened by the sudden loss of Tom. Our hearts and prayers are with the family.


Judy & Steve Quigley

Linda & Bob Bux

Wendy & Greg Stevenson

Amy & Bob Dunning

Toby and Shelly Kennerdell

The Cypher Family - Dennis, Barb & Sarah

We would like to extend our very deepest sympathy to all of the Gordon Family in this most difficult time. May your memories be a source of comfort. Our love & prayers go out to you.

Judy Sigal

Vicky, Rachel, Kate, Matt, and Travis, I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. Tom was a very special man and I am a better person for knowing him. He was always able to make me laugh and smile. Know that you are not alone during this very difficult time and pull strength from those around you that love and care for you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Judy

Donald J. Wonderling

My first acquaintance with Tom was in the early 1980's when he bought his first painting from me at the Related Arts Society Art Festival in Natrona Heights. Shortly thereafter I became his patient and I saw him several times a year, in that capacity, as a tennis buddy and on visits to each others homes. He was interested in and had knowledge on many diverse subjects. I was surprised at what he knew about Artists and Art History. One day he said, "How about if we paint Rothkos!!" We tried. He wasn't pleased with the results but we had fun trying. He was a fine person for whom I had much affection. He was a gentle person but strong, direct, and firm. His loss will be a burden to me for the remainder of my life. My deep condolences to his family.

Allison Goldman

Dr. gordon was a great man. I feel blessed to have known him. Not only was he like a second father to me but he was also a very smart and loving person. Everytime I spent the night at the Gordon's house visiting with my pals Kate and Rachel I was sure to be greeted with an early morning welcome by Tom. Being that I would be half-awake he would proceed with asking me questions about the meaning of life and other deep topics. He always wanted to know what I was doing as well as how my family was. He loved to discuss the books he was currently reading and new information or music he was listening to. He was always the man to ask when you had a question but he answers were rarely simple. He was a very loving father and a great man to be around. I am so sorry that he is gone but I will always respect and admire him and I will never forget him.

Kelly Dobransky, Christine Gallagher & family

We are so sorry for this tragic loss. My Mom, Christine and I have been patients for years. My Mom always loved Tom because of his ability to speak German with her and to always have such a wonderful sense of humor and charm. I was diagnosed with Grave's disease and I saw Dr. Gordon a few months back. He told me how Dr. Grave's had an eye for the ladies and started noticing symptoms about their disease hence the name. My children were very bad in the waiting room, but Tom was not worried about their disturnace at all. He was a terrific man. We were even invited to your house for dinner years ago when you had your exchange student living with you. You are a wonderful family.

Jack Ferko

I would to express my deepest sympathy to the Tom Gordon family. I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Gordon as a hospital executive at Allegheny Valley Hospital over a 14 year period. I was impressed with his knowledge of management and ability to quote the fathers of modern management and their management philosophies. More importantly, he was a man of integrity, insight, compassion,

caring, and one who made a positive impact on those in his sphere of influence. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Dawn Holben

His heart will beat on forever in our hearts as he loved life and all of us in it. His mind will always be a part of our minds from the knowledge he shared with us continually. His legacy will live on forever through us at Allegheny Ophthalmology. We will remember the nicknames he had for us. I will always remember him saying.."Hey, Thanks for all your help today" to each one as he left the office to go home. Time will heal us, this I'm sure.

To Vicki, Rachel, Katie, Matt, and Travis..You will always be thought of and loved by all of us. Thank you all for sharing him with us and know that we will NEVER forget him. Love always, Dawn

C. Calabrese

I have been a patient of Dr. Gordon since he first came to Natrona Heights. During the past year, I was in his office at least 5 or 6 times. He was always patient and took his time when answering my questions. He was genuinely concerned and very thorough. I will miss having him take care of my eyes. What a tragic loss to the field of opthalmology. My deepest sympathy to his family.


Dear Vicki & Family

I know we haven't seen one another in quite awhile but our thoughts & prayers are with you in your time of loss. God Bless you & your family. If you ever need to talk please give me a call.

The Poney Family

Kay Boneburg
   Posted Sat December 12, 2020
Georg just found a gift from Tanta Trude that Tom had given him. Still miss him and Vicki.

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