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Doctor Gordon remembered as compassionate

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January 31, 2008

  Albany --  A trail blazing Albany physician and community leader is being remembered today.  

Dr. Carl Gordon died Wednesday from heart complications. Gordon was the first black surgeon at Walter Reed Army Hospital, and developed a medical procedure to slow the loss of blood for soldiers wounded in battle. He was also the first black surgeon in Albany.

Thursday, Phoebe Putney CEO Joel Wernick described Dr. Gordon as a compassionate man.

"There are physicians here in town that served with him in Vietnam who remember many of the war time episodes of his surgical history, and I think Dr. Gordon would be remembered by the U. S. Army as a real trail blazer," Wernick said.

Gordon was also an important part of the community. He spear-headed the effort to bring WFXL on the air, served as chairman of the Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority, and after retirement worked as a primary care physician at Phoebe's V. A. Clinic.

Gordon was 80 years old.

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