Dr. John Rossier Gorman, 85, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Gorman, born in Los Angeles, California to John M. Gorman DMD and Matilda Rossier, grew up in Emporia, Kansas. He always lived larger than life beginning in his youth. He learned to fly before he had a driver’s license. He was a football and basketball star at Emporia High School. He attended the University of Kansas for one year playing basketball and football. He graduated from Emporia State College and received his medical doctorate at the University of Kansas, after being drafted into the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947. He married Dorothy McDonnell from Kansas City in 1953. He was a flight surgeon in the Air Force from 1954 to1961. While stationed in Germany he learned to race cars starting with a Mercedes Benz 300SL. He was in private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon from 1965 to 1979. He then served in the U. S. Navy as a flight surgeon from 1979 to 1986 and retired as a Commander. He then worked at the Fredericksburg Emergi-Care Center until his retirement in 2007. He was a fourth degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus. He was a member of a bagpipe and drum corps in Portland, Oregon and Hawaii. Dr. Gorman was a deeply religious man with a wonderful Irish sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years Dottie M. Gorman; daughter Alexandra Carney; sons, John and Brian Gorman; eight grandchildren; and sister Mary Lou Lane. He was predeceased by daughter Mary C. Gorman.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Covenant Funeral Service Fredericksburg. A rosary service will follow. The Knights of Columbus will have a retirement ceremony for John.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg. The Knights of Columbus will be in attendance. Interment will be at a later date in Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.