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Seymour Gassner, Postbaccalaureate ’52–’53

Seymour Gassner, special postbaccalaureate student in 1952–53, March 26, 2014, following a prolonged illness. Seymour came to Reed in preparation for medical school, which he attended at Washington University in St. Louis. Completing an MD in 1957, he served for two years in the air force as a general medical officer. He obtained the rank of captain, and then completed an orthopedic residency at UCLA in 1964. Seymour practiced orthopedic surgery in the San Fernando Valley for more than 40 years, and was founding partner of the San Fernando Valley Orthopedic Medical Group. He enjoyed golf, skiing, travel, and playing bridge. “Seymour leaves a legacy of loving friends and family members who will always remember his kind and gentle spirit, his talent and compassion as a surgeon, his expertise at being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and as a friend to the many who knew him.” Survivors include his wife, Charmalee, to whom he was married for 59 years; a daughter and two sons, including Gordon ’77; and six grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2014

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