Gordon Loos


Gordon Moody Loos, 79, formerly of Radnor, an administrator at the American Board of Surgery in Philadelphia, died of complications from kidney disease Saturday at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford.

Mr. Loos was born in Nanjing, China, where his father was treasurer of Ginling University, and grew up in Princeton. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the United States.

After his discharge, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Harvard University and did research at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

He worked for five years for the Educational Testing Service in Princeton before joining the staff of the American Board of Surgery in 1956. As director of arrangements for the board, he coordinated seminars and travel arrangements for members. He retired in 1991.

Mr. Loos was a prodigious letter writer and liked writing poetry and inventing words and making puns, said his wife, Marilyn Sutton Loos. He enjoyed painting and classical music and was a former member of several singing groups, including the Mendelssohn Club in philadelphia and the choir of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife of 46 years, he is survived by a son, Jonathan; a daughter, Elizabeth; and a brother.

A memorial service will be held in April.