Tracy Ross Gordy, M.D.

  • Born: January 20, 1936
  • Died: February 20, 2019
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Austin, TX 78705
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Tracy Ross Gordy died Wednesday, 20 February 2019, in Austin, Texas. A memorial will be held April 6 at 4 p.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 200 East 8 th Street in Austin.

He was born Jan. 20, 1936 to Calvin Tracy Gordy and Joyce Evelyn (Ross) Gordy of Beaumont, Texas. He was an Eagle Scout, an athlete, a hard working young man, a son, a brother, a friend, a teenage sweetheart, a student, a husband, a medical school graduate, intern, and father. His son, John Tracy, has an early memory of him as a US Army Captain (1966-1968) who more than once scaled a Ft. Hood rooftop to rescue the toy airborne ranger that he had built him from hardware, string and a piece of cloth.

He is survived by his wife Nancy Jo (Brighouse) Gordy of Austin, four children Kathryn Gordy Hardebeck of Yokosuka, Japan, John Gordy of Lutz, FL, Alison Lowell Jannuzi of Tucson, AZ, Piper Lowell Fordham of Glenside, PA and ten grandchildren: James, Victoria, and Ashley Hardebeck; Jillian, and Shannon Gordy; Brigg, and Barnes Jannuzi; Tess, Madeline, and Micah Fordham. He is preceded in death by his first wife Beverly Anne Plummer and his sister Joyce Lynn Gordy Childs.

Dr. Gordy obtained his BA from the University of Texas in 1958 and his MD in 1961 from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He was board certified in psychiatry in Texas and Washington and Certified with added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His private practice, consulting and teaching career touched the lives of friends, colleagues, patients both young and old. Dr. Gordy was a member of the American Psychiatric Association, a Life Member of the American Medical Association and, the Texas Medical Association, an honorary member of the Texas Medical Association and the Travis County Medical Society.

Dr. Gordy was especially appreciative towards the American Medical Society (AMA) for the opportunity to be the first psychiatrist to be appointed to the AMA urrent Procedural Terminology Editorial Panel; a term that lasted 17 years. A serial hobbyist, he enjoyed gardening, sailing, automobile restoration, running, photography, hiking, travel, cooking, bartending and his golden retriever, the late Travis and collie, the late Beegee. He and Nancy recently returned to Austin after 14 years in beautiful Port Ludlow, WA.

Donations can be made to Doctors Without Borders.

1957 Husband
1958 B.A. University of Texas
1961 M.D. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas
1961-1962 Internship Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Kansas
1962 -1965 Residency in Psychiatry, Austin State Hospital, Austin, Texas
1962 Father of an angel
1963 Father of something unlike an angel
1965 - 1966 Private Practice, Peace Corps consultant
1965 - 1974 Texas Youth Council consultant
1965 - 2001 Texas Education Agency consultant
1965 - 1982 Supervisor Resident Training Austin Psychiatric Residency Program
1966 - 1968 Captain US Army Medical Corps during 1967 - 1968 Chief Department of
Psychiatry, Carl R. Darnall Army Hospital and Chief of Mental Hygiene Consultation Service III Corps, Ft. Hood, TX
1968 - 2001 Private Practice
1968 Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1969 - 1971 Vice Chief of Staff Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin
1969 -1980 Instructor in Basic Psychiatric and Psychopharmacology
1972 Husband
1972 - 1975 Chairman of the Board of Directors Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin
1972 - 1995 Consultant to the Texas Department of Health Resources
1974 Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
1974 - 1982 Member of the Board of Directors Central Texas Medical Foundation
1975 - 1980 Member of the Scientific Publications Committee, Texas Medical Association
1976 - 1982 Treasurer Austin Neurodiagnostics
1977 - 1979 Secretary-Treasurer Texas District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association
1977 - 1979 President of the Central Texas Medical Foundation
1977 -1979 Behavioral Science Director for Family Practice Program. Central Texas Medical Foundation
1981 - 1982 President Texas Psychiatric Society District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association
1981 - 1982 Chairman Texas Medical Association Section on Psychiatry
1982 - 1983 Associate Editor Travis County Medical Society Journal
1982 - 1992 President Austin Neurodiagnostics
1982 - 1999 Consultant to the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation
1984 - 1986 Alternate Delegate Travis County Medical Society to Texas Medical Association House of Delegates
1984 - 1994 Representative Texas Psychiatric Society to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly
1984 - 1996 Editor Travis County Medical Society Journal
1984 - 1998 Member of Diagnostics and Therapeutics Technology Assessment Reference Panel for Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association
1986 - 1989 Member RAND Corporation Panel to Study Diagnosis Related Groups and Depression
1986 - 1990 Director Alzheimer and Geriatric Assessment Unit and Director Affective Disorders Evaluation Unit, Shoal Creek Hospital
1986 - 1995 Member of Panel on Neurological and Psychiatric Disease, United States Pharmacopeia Convention
1987 - end Consultant to the Texas Board of Medical Examiners
1986 - 1989 Delegate Travis County Medical Society to Texas Medical Association House of Delegates
1989 American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders
1989 - 1992 Counselor at Large for Central Neuropsychiatric Association
1990 Distinguished Practitioner of the National Academies of Practice in Medicine
1990 - 1999 Member Current Procedural Terminology Panel, American Medical Association
1991 - 2001 Instructor, Geriatric Psychiatry Consultation Liaison
1991 - 1999 Member Relative Value Update Committee, American Medical Association
1991- 2002 Medical Director Seton - Shoal Creek Hospital
1992 Certified with added Qualifications in Geriatric Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
1994 - 1999 Deputy Representative Area V Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association
1994 - 2007 Chairman AMA Health Care Providers Advisory Committee
1996 - 1999 Vice Chair Current Procedural Terminology Panel, American Medical Association
1996 - 2000 Consultant to the Texas State Teachers Association
1998 Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
1998 - 2000 Consultant to the Texas Workmen's Compensation
1998 - 2000 Vice Chair Project Advisory Group for AMA CPT
1999 Presidential Commendation: American Psychiatric Association
1999 Teacher of the Year Austin Psychiatric Residency Program
1999 - 2003 Representative Area V Assembly of the American Psychiatric Association
1999 - 2007 Chairman Current Procedural Terminology Panel, American Medical Association
2000 - 2018 Medical Expert to the Office of Hearings and Appeals, Social Security Administration
2001 Distinguished Service Award: Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians
2001 Physician of the Year - Gold Headed Cane Award, Travis County Medical Society
2001 - 2005 Member Advisory Board Medical Present Value and the Advisory Board Cyberonics Inc.
2003 - 2004 Member Medicare Advisory Committee
2004 - 2012 Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International
2012 - 2018 Medical Consultants Network


Condolence & Memory Journal

Oh, my heart hurts. I just now saw this terrible news. I am just a patient of Dr. Gordy. I was with him for more years than I can even remember. I cried when he retired I missed him so much. He saved my life through the '80s & '90s and I truly loved this man. I am 71 years old now and oh there will never be doctors like him again. I know you are looking down and are resting in well-deserved peace, my friend.

Posted by Sandi Daniels - Lago Vista, TX   August 11, 2019

From our younger high school days in the Life Saving Course, Square Dancing Lessons and attending school together, we have appreciated our continuing friendship with Tracy over the years. He was able to diagnose seizure difficulties and provide correct medication just learned from one of his meetings. I was forever grateful, though we waded through adjustments, he was able to allow me an almost normal lifestyle. He was always a listener and applied his vast knowledge in short order. Our city was blessed to have him practice here.

Posted by Pattie and Bill Walker - Austin, TX - Friend   April 06, 2019

Rest in peace dearly beloved cousin. We will miss you but know you are with Jesus. Love you forever

Posted by Caroleene Bashara - Houston, TX - Family   March 13, 2019

Dear Nancy and children, my heart is heavy to hear of Tracy's passing. He was an amazing man, so full of integrity, kindness and an interest to keep expanding his interests and horizons. He accomplished alot in life. My Dad loved him, as did our family. He and Dad started their private practices together, and remained friends until Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss and healing. . Most Sincerely, Pamela Nemir

Posted by Pamela Nemir - Austin, TX - Friend   March 13, 2019

Tracy was a wonderful gentleman, colleague and friend. We spent a lot of time working together in Qatar over several years. I remember our walks on Doha corniche, his friendship, sage advice, Texas courtliness,.... and the twinkle in his eye when he found something amusing but it was not "politic" to laugh outright. Will miss you Tracy.

Posted by Yvonne Burdick - Duck, NC - Coworker   March 07, 2019

Regret seeing Dr. Gordy has left us.I was his employee at Austin Neuro Diagnostics.He always came into the laboratory to see us.A delight and he knew his chemistry!

Posted by Tina Werner - Cedar Park, TX   March 07, 2019

To the Gordy family: We are so sorry to hear about Tracy. He was one in a million. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Posted by Dave and Karn Davies - Port Ludlow, WA - Friend   March 05, 2019

So sad to hear this news as we just spoke right before they returned to Austin. A true gentleman and the finest doctor a person could wish to have. He was the best, and his expertise, and compassion for people will be sorely missed. God Bless to all the family, with deepest condolences.

Posted by Vickie O'Bannon - Georgetown, TX   March 05, 2019

Martha and Dan Weston

Posted by Dan and Martha Weston - Dallas, TX - Friend   March 04, 2019

1992-end: great friend and photography buddy. I'll never forget you.
Judy Holmes, Maine and Montana

Posted by Judy Holmes - MT - Friend   March 03, 2019


Nancy, i am so sorry to hear of Tracy's passing. My thoughts are with you.
Patsy Tynes

Posted by Patsy Tynes - Salado, TX   March 03, 2019

Nancy, I'm so sorry to learn of Tracy's passing. My thoights are with you. Patsy Tynes

Posted by A friend   March 03, 2019

To my friend and colleague, together we established several "Firsts" including Austin's first sleep lab and Austin Neuro Diagnostics which included Austin's first CT scanner and Neuro Chemistry Lab. You were the best. The rest is history. RIP Doug Hudson

Posted by Doug Hudson - Austin, TX - Friend   March 02, 2019

Doug Hudson

Posted by Doug Hudson - Austin, TX - Friend   March 02, 2019

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