PERU - Dr. David P. Gorman, "Doc," 71, of Port Jackson Way, Valcour, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.
He was born in Syracuse on April 24, 1936, the son of Phillip and Caroline (Macartney) Gorman.
Doc graduated from Fort Covington High School in 1953. He attended Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., graduating in 1957. Dr. Gorman then attended McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Canada, where he received his medical degree in 1961. Doc completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at Germantown Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1965. He returned to the North Country in 1965, where he has been practicing medicine for the last 42 years until his death. Dr. Gorman provided excellent surgical care at both Alice Hyde and CVPH Medical Centers. Some of his accomplishments included currently serving as chief of surgery at Alice Hyde Medical Center as well as past chief of staff. He was a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. Doc was the first physician to perform advanced laparoscopic surgery in Northern New York and Canada. He always remained on the cutting edge of minimally invasive surgery.
David was an advocate for both women's and Native American's rights. David was a multi-faceted individual, excelling in a wide array of outdoor activities and competitive sporting events, including skiing, hunting, fishing, scuba diving, sailing, flying full scale and model airplanes. He was a member of the 1957 Fort Covington High School State Championship Hockey Team, which was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame in June of 2007. Doc won four national championships in four unrelated sports: skeet shooting, competitive sailboat racing, field trial competitions and hydroplane racing.
David also won numerous international competitions, including the Canadian Hydroplane Championships in Valleyfield, Quebec.
David was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Murphy-Gorman of Valcour; three children, Denise Lamitie of Plattsburgh, Valerie Dalton of Plattsburgh and Philip Gorman and his wife Amber Bach-Gorman of Plattsburgh; his former partner, Lorraine Montour; five stepchildren, Patrick and Karen Murphy, Susan and Richard Dobler, Erin and Craig Wezenski, Mark Montour and Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Montour; three sisters, Martha King and her husband Bruce of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Nokomis, Fla., Susan Gorrow of Las Vegas, Nev., and Carol Nye of Tupper Lake, N.Y; 11 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
David will be remembered as a lifelong learner with a fantastic sense of humor, who demonstrated a great passion for life.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh.
Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Interfaith Hospitality Network, the Adirondack Humane Society or to the Cumberland Bay Community Boating Center, a local non-profit organization committed to the instruction of sailing on Lake Champlain.