He Will Forever Be Missed

Gordon A. Watson, MD, PhD
A loving  Father, Friend, and Physician


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Remembering Gordon

Celebration of Life 

Saturday, December 4th at 4pm

Indiana Landmarks Center

1201 Central Ave, Indianapolis 

Thank you! We look forward to seeing you!


Born in Michigan

November 11, 1960

Dr. Gordon A. Watson, 60, of Indianapolis, passed away unexpectedly on November 9, 2021.  Gordon was born in Lincoln Park, Michigan on November 11, 1960. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and went on to obtain his Medical Degree and a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed a postdoctoral Internal Medicine residency at The University of North Carolina followed by a residency in Radiation Oncology at The University of Michigan. Dr. Watson spent time at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, and Intermountain Radiosurgery and Oncology Center before ultimately joining Indiana University Health where, in 2016, he was promoted to Vice Chairman and Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology.   


Dr. Watson was known for his passion in providing care to his patients and for advancing his specialty in medicine.  He was beloved by his patients and colleagues that saw him as approachable, knowledgeable, and supportive.  He was quick to share his insight, encouragement, or his lacerating wit.  Dr. Watson was competitive & meticulous by nature, attributes that carried into his free time activities that included cycling, music, skiing, golfing, and being a self-proclaimed award winning chef.  He artfully navigated his alumni connections to rival universities by “wearing the apparel of the team that won the last game”. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Carl & Joan Watson.  He is survived by his partner of 8 years, Patty Morton, his three children Alexa, Meghan, and Drew as well as his siblings Gregory Watson (Jean), Wendy Vacek (Thomas), and Christopher Watson. He had numerous nieces & nephews.  


A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, December 4th at Indiana Landmarks Center at 1201 Central Ave, Indianapolis at 4pm.  Following the service there will be a continued time of greeting family with refreshments.

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Dr. Watson was a Cancer Warrior

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The IU Simon Cancer Center has created the Dr. Gordon Watson Radiation Oncology Research and Education Fund to support research and education in the Department of Radiation Oncology. 

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