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Palo Alto resident and dentist killed on bicycle

Original post made by Joel Davidson on Jun 5, 2006

Has anyone heard about the circumstances for this accident?

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Posted by Abbett, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 5, 2006 at 12:41 pm

From the Sunday Sacramento Bee:

Cyclist killed during Sierra Century ride
AMADOR COUNTY -- A 56-year-old bicyclist from Palo Alto was killed at about noon Saturday during the Sierra Century ride in Amador County when he veered into a tractor on the road, officials said.
The cyclist had pulled into the opposite lane to pass the slower-moving tractor on Fiddletown Road, east of Hale Road, witnesses said. As a car approached in the opposite direction, the cyclist swerved back into his lane and hit the side of the tractor, according to Officer Frank Peixoto of the California Highway Patrol.

He was run over by the tractor\'s rear wheel. The man, whose name was not released Saturday evening pending official identification, died at the scene.


-- Tony Bizjak


Posted by mike naar, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 5, 2006 at 1:29 pm

see paloaltoonline.com


Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jun 5, 2006 at 2:59 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

From Palo Alto Online news story, recently updated:

Palo Alto dentist Ronald Gordon, 56, died in a bicycle accident Saturday while participating in the Sierra Century bike ride in Plymouth, Calif.

The accident occurred when Gordon was riding downhill at mile 50 of the 100-mile race, near the small community of Fiddletown, according to his wife, Judy, who was waiting for him in the area. She said he started to pass a large heavy-equipment vehicle on the road but a car loomed up that had been hidden by the vehicle, and he swerved his bike to avoid the car.




The California Highway Patrol report said that Gordon had tried to re-enter the westbound lane but collided with the heavy-equipment vehicle instead.




Gordon had been bicyling for about 30 years, mostly on local roads in the Palo Alto, Portola Valley and Skyline Boulevard areas, his wife said.




Gordon was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed skiing, tennis, windsurfing and bicycling. Through the years he coached various youth sports teams in Palo Alto and his hobbies included bridge, gardening and cooking.




"He was a good guy, well-respected in the community, and an outdoorsman," said Frank Altick, a Palo Alto dentist and partner with Gordon for 28 years in the building housing their dental practices.




A resident of Palo Alto for more than 25 years, Gordon is survived by his wife and two children, Amanda and Joshua.




A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills.




The family requests memorial donations be made to The Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6603, or to any other charity of one's choice.


Posted by Joel davidson, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 5, 2006 at 3:17 pm

Thank you for your article response. Ron was a long time tennis partner and friend to many of us in Palo Alto. He played with the Palo Alto Tennis Club for many years and a Monday evening pick
up Men's Doubles Group at Stanford West. A tenacious and friendly gentleman on the court that I was thankful to have as a partner and frustrated me as an opponent with his play. A very sad lost for our community. My condolences to his family.


Posted by Boris Foelsch, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2006 at 4:04 pm

Web Link


Posted by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Jun 5, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.


Updated story posted on Palo Alto Online at 3:16 p.m. Monday:


Palo Alto dentist Ronald Gordon was always adventuresome, his wife, Judy said on Monday. That included "some close calls" previously, and a love of skiing, including helicopter skiing, and the outdoors.

Gordon, 56, died about noon Saturday while riding the 100-mile Sierra Century bicycle event near the town of Fiddletown. According to the California Highway Patrol, Gordon was riding westbound and pulled into the eastbound lane of a highway to pass a slow-moving "heavy equipment tractor" when another vehicle appeared and he attempted to move back into the westbound lane but struck the tractor instead.




"The accident that occurred was a freak accident," California Highway Patrol Lt. Commander Erick Knudsen told Sean Rabe, editor of the Amador Ledger Dispatch newspaper. The Sierra Century has become a popular event over the last decade, but it means that bicycles and other vehicles share the road.




While Gordon was an avid bicyclist locally, it was his second Sierra Century ride, Judy Gordon said.




Gordon also loved hiking and skiing in the Lake Tahoe area, and surfing.




He was also active in the local dental association and, as an active tennis player, he was a volunteer at the recent NCAA tennis championships held at Stanford University.




"He was a busy guy," Judy Gordon said. "He was adventurous."



The family's love of the Lake Tahoe area led to plans to build a second home near Alpine Meadows, which now won't be completed, Judy Gordon said.




As an outdoorsman, Gordon had an appreciation for environmental issues. When new city regulations required dentists last year to buy additional equipment to separate mercury from their office wastes, some local dentists complained about the additional costs. "It's not a big thing," Gordon told the Weekly. "I don't know why other people wouldn't comply."




Gordon was born Nov. 19, 1949, in Los Angeles. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry. He had practiced dentistry in Palo Alto for 30 years.




"He was a good guy, well-respected in the community, and an outdoorsman," said Frank Altick, a Palo Alto dentist and partner with Gordon for 28 years in the building housing their dental practices.




He is survived by Judy, his wife of 22 years; their son, Joshua, 18, a student at Willamette University in Oregon; their daughter, Amanda, 20, a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut; and by Gordon's brothers, Larry Gordon and David Gordon, and his sister, Diane Flor, all of the Los Angeles area.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 6, at 3 p.m. at Congregation Beth Am, 26790 Arastradero Road in Los Altos Hills.




Memorial donations may be made to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, National Mail Processing Center, P.O. Box 6003, Albert Lea, NM 56007-6603; or to any dental-related charity, Judy Gordon said. She said she plans to set up a memorial fund in her husband's name for dental students.


Posted by Shari Williams, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2006 at 6:02 pm

Ron was a wonderful, caring, and extremely efficient and accomplished technician when it came to his practice -- and it will be difficult to find someone quite as capable as he. I have been his friend and patient for over 21 years, and it was always a pleasure to go to his offices. My teeth are beautiful, thanks to him.

I will miss him severely.


Posted by Sierra Century rider, a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2006 at 6:38 pm

I heard just a bit more, and know a bit from doing the ride myself.

First, Fiddletown road is a narrow, winding, 2-lane road with minimal shoulders, also consisting of a series of relatively steep descents where a bike can go pretty fast. A cyclist stuck behind a slow vehicle loses a lot of speed, but generally doesn't (and shouldn't) pass a vehicle because of the width of the road and the curves that can hide oncoming cars.

The story I heard from another rider was that the cyclist tried to pass, saw the oncoming car, and tried to move to the middle of the road between the car and tractor, but got too close to the tractor and contacted the rear wheel. I don't know how accurate this is, so there are surely many more details I'm not aware of. Presumably the CHP report will eventually provide more information.


Posted by Sandy Wilbourn, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 5, 2006 at 8:15 pm

I played tennis nearly every Tuesday/Thursday with Ron for the past five years. He was a good friend and tennis partner. We'll miss him greatly. Our prayers go out to his friends and family.


Posted by Irena Smith, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jun 5, 2006 at 11:32 pm

Ron Gordon had been our family's dentist for the past 10 years. He was invariably friendly, funny, and genuinely interested in the everyday comings and goings of the entire family. When my daughter first learned to ride a two-wheeler and then promptly knocked out her front tooth, he was an oasis of calm during a very stressful (and gory) morning. My daughter said later that she wouldn't let anyone but Dr. Gordon touch her mouth because he had "such soft hands." He was a truly good guy and will be sorely missed by the entire family.


Posted by Susan P. Meade, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 5, 2006 at 11:56 pm

Ron Gordon was my dentist for over 20 years, and became my family's dentist. We are devastated by the news of his death. He and his office staff were caring and dedicated professionals. We always exchanged family news and he was interested in the kids, their schools, and their sports, as well as the state of their teeth. As one friend said, "It was like going to see family when you walked into the office." Our hearts go out to the Gordon family during this very sad time.


Posted by Mike Corbett, a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2006 at 12:39 am

Ron was a Palo Alto Jaycee years ago and active in many Community Service activities in Palo Alto. He was also my team member on the Friday night Palo Alto Jaycee softball team at El Camino Park that I played and managed. Always competitive, always a great team player. Moving away from Palo Alto in the 80's I lost contact with Ron and was saddened to hear of this tragic accident. Judy and your family, please accept my deepest sympathy.


Posted by Allen Edwards, a resident of Walter Hays School
on Jun 6, 2006 at 7:34 am

I met Ron as members of a YMCA dad-daughter group that ended up meeting monthly for 12 years during the school year. I learned to ski during this time with Ron's help. I took him sailing and he took me to 49ers games. We went on a couple of bicycle rides together but he was so much better I was reluctant to call him as I didn't want to slow him down, something I now deeply regret as he always insisted it didn't bother him. I found him generous and helpful with advice for all my sport related injuries. His loss has been very upsetting to those of us in the dad-daughter group. We will miss him greatly. He was a great person. I can only think of positive things about Ron in all the time I knew him. He had an extremely positive can-do outlook on life.


Posted by Lisa Grossman, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 6, 2006 at 9:25 am

We are shocked and saddened by the news of Dr. Gordon's death. He's been our family dentist for 7 years. He was a really great guy -- very interested in our lives and had a great memory for details. We will miss him and wish his family all the best.


Posted by Tony Massing, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 6, 2006 at 9:55 am

I was stunned and deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Gordon's untimely death this past weekend. My heart and prayers go out to his wife Judy and his family at the loss of such a wonderful and caring man.

Dr. Gordon has been my family dentist for nearly 9 years. His consistent cheer and genuine care for his patient's well being constantly manifested itself in his approach and zest for everyday life. I am a better person for having known him.

Additionally, my heart and prayers go out to JoBell and Diane who worked with Ronald in the Dental office. The office trio of Ronald, JoBell, and Diane made going to the dentist something worth looking forward to.


Posted by Steve Neil, a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Jun 6, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Gordon family. Proud to say he was our dentist for the past 8 years, and that made the relationship a friendship. He was always interested in what was going on in our family, and was an easy ear and yes a great dentist. He got to know us well enough so that he could actually make our family poke fun at each other in a fantastic way! Boy will he be miss. Our thoughts go out to JoBell and Diane as well. With Ron, they were three of a kind to draw too.


Posted by Peter Magnusson, MD, a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2006 at 6:19 pm

A number of us from Chico, CA rode the Sierra Century last Saturday and were stunned to hear of the fatality during the ride. We didn't know Dr. Ron Gordon, but we all were searching answers: how it happened, where was his wife, did he have children, did he suffer? We were frozen in place, waiting for the ride to go forward from Volcano, waiting in Fiddletown for riding companions to catch up, waiting at the accident scene for CHP to allow the bikers through. We were all connected at that time to the tragedy of the loss of Dr. Gordon. We didn't know him, but we all felt part of him and the terrible loss suffered by his family.

Our bicycling family in Chico extends its hearts and prayers to Ron Gordon's family and friends.

We will be making a contribution to the Lance Armstrong Foundation in his name.

Pete Magnusson, for the Chico Nuts, Chico, CA


Posted by Sandra Summers, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 6, 2006 at 7:31 pm

I did not know Dr. Ron Gordon very well. Apparently that didn't matter. I met him for the first time when my husband and I moved to Palo Alto three years ago. I was not a long-time friend of Dr. Gordon, however, you would never have known that. He treated me as if I were a close friend and like someone who valued my friendship. He is a blessed soul. Our prayers are with his wife and children.
May God Bless
Jim and Sandra Summers


Posted by abode, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jun 6, 2006 at 9:29 pm

I rode the Sierra Century this weekend with friends from the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society Team In Training. I don't think I could describe the feeling among the cyclists any better than Dr. Pete Magnusson did in the post above. To the family of Dr. Gordon, please know with what respect Dr. Gordon was held on the ride that day. Our thoughts were with him and with you. They still are.

May God bless you,
Amy Bode


Posted by Sherry Summers, a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2006 at 9:49 am

I had been a patient of Ron's since he started his practice in Palo Alto. My Mother, Charlotte Everett, was Ron's original assistant and worked with him for over 20 years. I was shocked and saddened to hear of his death. Ron was not only a great dentist, but a great friend. I moved to the East Bay in 1985, but there was no way my family was changing dentists. We all enjoyed our trips to see Dr. Gordon! My deepest sympathy goes out to the Gordon family. Ron will be missed by all.


Posted by Ray Cablayan, a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2006 at 10:05 am

I did not know Dr. Gordon, but my prayers and condolences go out to his family and friends. My cycling club is local to Amador County and we ride these roads every weekend. We were descending Fiddletown Road as the emergency vehicle passed us. A few minutes later, we were stopped at the road closure by the CHP, along with a hundred or so other cyclists and all auto traffic. One of the local residents provided some details as to what had happened, as her house was directly adjacent to the accident.

Apart from a few short uphill sections near the top, Fiddletown Road is a fast, 11-mile descent, that is both dangerous and thrilling. The accident occurred at the end of a long straight-a-way as the road started into a curve. We could see the skip-loader from where we were stopped. We waited to see if the CHP would allow us through, and thought for sure that the road would be closed indefinitely. But surprisingly, they allowed us to walk our bikes through the accident scene. Maybe they didn't want to send everyone back up the hill for a 6-mile climb, or perhaps they wanted to use the accident as a warning. I don't know.

I'll spare everyone the details. We walked past Dr. Gordon, and the skip-loader. The driver was still on the loader, and was visibly shaken. Many people were deeply affected, and started weeping. All you could here was the clip-clopping of cycling shoes and the CHP radio in the backround. It was one of the saddest things I've ever experienced. Our group decided not to continue with the full 100-miles, as did many other cyclists, and we headed straight back to Plymouth.

Afterwards, my friends and I speculated how it could have happened. Going down that particular stretch of road, he could have easily been doing 30-40 mph on the straight section, and coming up on a tractor doing 15 mph, it's easy to understand why he did it. I probably would have gone around it also. I believe he was running out of straight road before it started into the curve and unfortunately couldn't see around the loader that a car was coming in the opposite direction.

Again, my condolences to his family and friends. Your loss affects us all. It saddens me to replay it again in my mind, but hopefully this information will help those who knew Dr. Gordon.

Ray Cablayan, for Erma's Diner Cycling Club in Amador County.


Posted by Lisa Jack, a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 7, 2006 at 10:47 pm

It is clear from all the posted comments that Dr. Gordon was a widely loved and respected person. He had been our family's dentist for over 25 years and we will miss him greatly. During my last visit we talked about the canine members of our families (yellow labs) and I had been meaning to bring our new puppy by his office to show him. It's a tribute to his kind and friendly manner that I would feel comfortable dropping by my dentist's office to show him my new dog.

This is a very sad loss for our community and my sympathy goes out to his family and all of his friends.


Posted by Martin Kuhn, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 8, 2006 at 9:11 pm

Ronald Gordon was our family dentist for 4 years. He was a genuinely friendly and sincere person. My wife and I, both keen cyclists, are deeply saddened to hear this news. Our thoughts are with his family members and his work colleagues.


Posted by Paul Diamond, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 9, 2006 at 9:59 am

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ron's family and friends. Our family knew him only the 5 years we have been in PA, but as many others said, he was a wonderful person to know and always made going to the dentist about much more than dental hygiene. We had talked about skiing and biking and I had looked forward to many future talks. I will remember his zest for living as an inspiration.


Posted by R. Patrick, a resident of another community
on Jun 9, 2006 at 7:07 pm

Ron was my wife's and my dentist for over 20 years. We really enjoyed seeing him even though he would chew me out for not flossing. When using nitrous oxide, I would tell him that it wasn't working and that since I was a big guy, he would have to turn it up. Eventually it would reach a point where I would break out laughing and tell him that he fell for it. At that point, he would turn it off and chew me out for that too. I couldn't help but like him. For my wife, visiting him was always a treat too. She'd talk for days about what he said. A super nice, pure, likeable guy. A rare individual.


Posted by Joan R, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 11, 2006 at 11:29 am

I was a patient of Ron's office for almost 25 years. I am still in shock over the unfortunate situation. I too am a cyclist and know how easy it is to want to keep going when on a ride. When I called his office last week and was told he had died, I could not process what I was hearing. He was, as so many people have said above, always interested in what I was doing, what trip I was taking, what I had been recently doing. We always exchanged what our vacation plans were and what movies we had recently seen. Going to his office was never a chore but something I looked forward to. I will miss him greatly and my thoughts to out to his family.


Posted by Kristen Johnson, a resident of Ventura
on Jun 12, 2006 at 1:59 pm

I am simply stunned and deeply saddened by the death of Ron Gordon. My son just informed me of his tragic accident. He and Ron's son Josh were on a soccer team for many years that Ron coached. We all spent so many hours over the years, watching our boys play, traveling to soccer games and tournaments. My husband and I just saw Ron and Judy at the Fish Market a few weeks ago... I can't believe this tragedy. My heart goes out to the family.


Posted by Carla McLeod, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 12, 2006 at 9:24 pm

I just heard the news from my father. Dr. Ron rode his bike past our house every day on his way to work, and was our family dentist. We are in shock that he is gone and want to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. Just weeks ago he completed some difficult dental work for me, and his gentle touch and obvious skill made it a snap. His humor and warmth was unfailing, and more recently when he did more elaborate work on myself and one of my kids, it was evident that his skill matched his wit. We will miss him terribly and send all our best wishes to his grieving staff, family and friends.


Posted by Javad Mostofizadeh, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 13, 2006 at 9:19 am

My wife and I, both patients of Dr. Gordon for the past 5 years, were stunned and deeply saddened by this news. Even though we didn't know Dr. Gordon for very long, we felt as if we had, as he had such a kind and friendly manner and was always keen to hear about our kids and the latest goings-on in our lives. He made going to dentist seem like visiting with a good friend. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends and staff.

Javad and Kristine Mostofizadeh


Posted by Kiley Kinnon, a resident of Ventura
on Jun 15, 2006 at 6:11 am

On the death of Dr. Ronald Gordon: I recently learned of his tragic death, while attempting to make an appointment. I began using Dr. Gordon's services in 1977. He was a kind, intelligent and dedicated dentist, father, community member, athlete, and friend. He will be greatly missed. God bless his family, staff, patients and others touched by this outstanding person.


Posted by Peter Ruzicka, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2006 at 9:03 pm

I just learned about the tragedy after receiving Judy's letter. I become a patient of Dr. Gordon's shortly after moving to Palo Alto in 1996 and even though I moved to San Francisco several years ago, I would still make the drive for an appointment. We would talk about bicycling, skiing and what would it take to get me to floss more often. In fact, the entire office would tag team to shame my flossing habits with such a great sense of humor that it was, well, worth the drive. I'm a twice proud member of Dr. Gordon's "Super Patient Club," evidenced by the two stickers I display in my office. His magnets that hold family photos on our refrigerator say "Smile Savers." He indeed has kept me smiling for the past 10 years and I will smile every time I think of him. Best to his family and his office.


Posted by Peter Ruzicka, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2006 at 9:03 pm

I just learned about the tragedy after receiving Judy's letter. I become a patient of Dr. Gordon's shortly after moving to Palo Alto in 1996 and even though I moved to San Francisco several years ago, I would still make the drive for an appointment. We would talk about bicycling, skiing and what would it take to get me to floss more often. In fact, the entire office would tag team to shame my flossing habits with such a great sense of humor that it was, well, worth the drive. I'm a twice proud member of Dr. Gordon's "Super Patient Club," evidenced by the two stickers I display in my office. His magnets that hold family photos on our refrigerator say "Smile Savers." He indeed has kept me smiling for the past 10 years and I will smile every time I think of him. Best to his family and his office.


Posted by Vince Ambrosia, a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2006 at 9:17 pm

From the time I first visited a dentist as a child, over 45 years ago, until now, I had only known of two dentists in my life: a family friend growing up in Chicago and Ron Gordon, since I moved to California in late 1980. I was shocked and saddened by the letter I received from his wife notifying patients of his untimely death. As everyone above has mentioned, Ron was like a friend, always engaging in conversation while sitting in his chair. He used to kid about coming in more frequently, so I could pay for his next ski trip. We talked of skiing and other sports, as well as my passion for golf, which he could relate to, although never got a feel for the game, he said. I don't think I will ever find a dentist who made me feel so comfortable, but I will continue to support his office and their staff, as I'm sure his passion and memory shine on. Condolences go out to his family from mine. Once the griefing is over, let us remember the twinkle in his eyes and smile on this face when conversing about shared loves for the outdoors and adventure.


Posted by Bill Klein, a resident of another community
on Jun 17, 2006 at 5:19 pm

I arrived home this Saturday afternoon, the 17th of June, to find the letter from Ron's office waiting for me. There are no words for the feelings of loss that hit me when I read that Ron had died. I've been a patient of Ron's since the beginning – way back, being new to the Bay Area, I can clearly remember looking for a dentist and a friend telling me that they knew of a fellow who had just opened up a new practice. Ron and I were only a month apart in age and I always felt a warm rapport with Ron – during my visits we'd talk about all the changes that had taken place in Palo Alto and yet Ron was still there in his little office. Just to illustrate Ron's character, there have been times over the years where I've had my financial ups and downs; one day Ron told me to just pay on time and not to worry about it I knew Ron to be a compassionate individual that truly cared about the people he worked with. During my last visit with Ron we actually spent some time reminiscing about how far back we went – I left his office that day with the warm feeling one gets spending time with a good friend. I'm so grateful that we got the opportunity to do that – knowing now that this would be my last visit with Ron. I truly liked him. I'm so sorry that Ron's family has to endure this tragic loss words fail for feelings like this. In my book, Ron was a good man!!

Sincerely,

Bill Klein


Posted by Dr Mark Portnoy, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 7:56 am

I am a dentist in Los Angeles who graduated with Ron Gordon from the same high school, (Inglewood, 1968). He and I had been invited to a class reunion the same day as his accident. Although I also was not able to make it to the reunion, the news spread quickly. We are all shocked and sorrowed by the news.
The postings from Ron's patients reflect on a man who was a friendly, dedicated dentist who was genuinely concerned about his patients and who had bountiful enthusiasm for a variety of recreational activities.
I will keep these traits in mind as I pursue the remainder of my professional career.


Posted by Chris Waugh, a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2006 at 1:45 pm

Dr. Gordon's family, patients, and friends.

I've just received the news of Dr. Gordon's death. Time stopped as I read a letter from Judy, found this website and found the story I feared most - a tragic cycling accident involving a brilliant man and his passion for life.

I was in the process of planning my next visit to his office. What started as a patient/doctor relationship grew as each visit we talk enthusiastically about my Ironman racing. We'd compare notes on training and I'd listen to as Dr. Gordon spoke passionately about his life experiences. He'd always remember details about my world and it impressed me to no end. He was such a pleasant man. I even started flossing!

This hit me hard because my father, 57, and I have bonded through events like the sierra century throughout colorado. Each year we show our love for one atother by suffering like dogs over colorado mountain passes by bike. I can't imagine what this horrific experience felt like for the other riders, Dr. Gordon't family and friends as well as the promotors of the event. Yours in empathy and care.

Chris Waugh


Posted by Ashwath, a resident of another community
on Jun 19, 2006 at 1:29 pm

We were shocked to hear of this tragedy last week.
Dr Gordon has been our dentist for ~4 years. He was such a nice man, and his staff (Jo, Diane) is so friendly, that this is one dentist I wasn't afraid to visit -- in fact, I would look forward to seeing them all. We would talk about running and biking, and he always told me I should start skiing. After a painful root canal two years ago, he thanked me for paying for his kids' semester at college! I will sorely miss our conversations. I was looking forward to taking my son there for this first visit.

Our sincere condolences go out to his family and friends.


Posted by Elena Stallings, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 21, 2006 at 7:18 pm

I was so saddened by the news of Dr. Gordon. I have been a patient of his for 12 years and my appointments with him were ones I looked forward to. Many people thought me to be a bit off my rocker because I loved going to my dentist. But they didn't have Dr. Gordon. I loved to hear of his family's adventures from vacation to every day life. I'm going to miss hearing about where the Gordon's were over the summer and where their next adventure would take them. He succeeded where no other dentist had before... Getting me to be a regular flosser. Thanks Dr. Gordon. I'm going to miss you.


Posted by john, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 23, 2006 at 8:43 pm

I much miss Ron. Made all the more troubling by my need to get dental care. Since Ron doesn't have a dentist, where are other people going?


Posted by Adrian Fox, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 5, 2008 at 7:59 pm

It took me a while to find this tribute to Ron, but I am delighted to see so many people with so many great things to say about this man. he is the only dentist I've ever had that I looked forward to seeing ! He was dedicated, gentle and precise, and stern when it came to important things like flossing. :) He will be sadly missed, but surely never forgotten.


Posted by Judy Lee-Squire, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

It's been 4 + years and I still think about Ron. I met him through an old friend of his who referred me to him when I lived in Menlo Park. He was my dentist for23 years and like everyone else, I enjoyed my visits to his office. His family was everything to him and we often talked about our children who were close in age. I am still shocked that he's gone. It says a lot about a person that so many people cared about him and still think about him. No one can replace him.

Sincerely,

Judy Lee-Squire


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