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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kalman Gordon Endowment for Hospice of Iredell established

Kalman Gordon was a man who gave from his heart, and always had a kind word and a smile for those he met.

The legacy left by Kalman, who passed away on August 18, 2016, was celebrated on Thursday during a reception announcing the creation of The Kalman Gordon Endowment for Hospice of Iredell. The $500,000 fund was established May 10 by Kalman’s wife, Toby Gordon, and children Louis Gordon and Wendy Gordon Pake.

With more than 100 family members and friends gathered to honor Kalman, Louis and Wendy shared their family’s experience after their father became ill, and how that strengthened their support of Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC).

“He made the decision he was ready for hospice. He wanted to make the most of his time left,” Louis said, adding “It doesn’t really hit home until your family experiences it.”

The care Kalman received at the Gordon Hospice House was of comfort to the whole family,” Wendy said.

“In his wisdom, our dad knew hospice was the right choice given his circumstances,” she said. “He was considering not only his own needs, but also ours.”

That concern for the wellbeing of others is a testament to Kalman Gordon’s character, as well as to the legacy created in his honor for Hospice of Iredell.

Funds from the endowment will support HPCIC’s mission of providing extraordinary care to patients, families and the community, regardless of ability to pay. The need for such support is great: last year, the organization provided more than $1.2 million in uncompensated patient care and programs here in Iredell County, said HPCIC CEO Terri Phillips.

“Kalman left a legacy that touched the lives of so many in our community. We know his legacy will live on in this endowment,” she said.

Phillips also reflected on the long history the Gordon family has of giving to HPCIC, namely in the form of the Gordon Hospice House.

“We would not be the organization we are without the Gordon Hospice House,” she said. “It has been a home and provided comfort for so many people at end of life.” 

In recalling Kalman’s giving spirit, longtime friend and HPCIC Board Chairman Edwin Hunter said Kalman felt a duty and obligation to serve his community.

“When Kalman appeared at the pearly gates, and the good Lord met him, I know he said, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant,’” Hunter said. 

To learn more about HPCIC’s programs and services, or to make a donation, visit www.hoic.org or call 704-873-4719.