Dr. Richard C. Gardner, MD, 76, a Cape Coral, resident since 1978, formerly of Framingham, Mass., passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, in Cape Coral.
He is survived by his two beloved sons, Adam Gardner of Maitland, Fla., and David Gardner of Kissimmee, Fla.; two special cousins and two nieces.
Dr. Gardner graduated magna cum laude from Brown University where he was a Francis Wayland Scholar and recipient of the Preston Gurney award. He went on to receive his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and spent five years training and completing an orthopedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and Medical Center in New York. He received advanced training at the Hospital for Special Surgery, The Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, and the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Bellevue Medical Center.
He served two years active duty as a captain with the United States Air Force and was chief of orthopedics at the Chanute Air Force Base Hospital. He was a member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States and the society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. He was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Dr. Gardner established an orthopedic office in Framingham, Mass., where he practiced for six years before moving to Fort Myers, Fla., where he opened the Gardner Orthopedic Center in 1976 and practiced until his retirement. He was a caring doctor and also contributed to scientific literature with over 45 publications and several medical innovations which are widely used in hospitals. As an orthopedic expert, he testified for major insurance companies and was also a consultant to the Massachusetts Industrial Accident Board and the U.S. Department of Labor.
In addition to his work, Dr. Gardner enjoyed traveling, time at the beach and time at home with family. He was energetic, health conscious, interested in politics and history, and was an avid reader. As hobbies, he managed investments and cared for orchids. In his retirement, he loved the tranquility of his water front property.
A funeral will be held at 4 p.m., July 12, 2013, at Mullins Memorial, 1056 N.E. 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, with Rabbi Jeremy Barras officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home. Private committal services to follow at Sarasota National Cemetery.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.