Longtime Auburn, Placer County doctor Gordon Seck honored with monument

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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A dedicated leader in Placer County medicine, Dr. Gordon Seck now has a monument dedicated to his memory. “He was born to be a doctor,” said his widow, Rosemary, after the unveiling Friday of a plaque set in a boulder near the entrance to North Auburn’s county community clinic. “This was wonderful.” Seck, who died in November at age 79 of cancer, served for more than 30 years in a variety of leadership roles with the county, including chief of staff for the old Placer County Hospital, director of the Health and Medical Services Department, and director of the Placer County Medical Clinic. After retiring from the county, Seck continued to serve, most notably as a family physician in private practice but also on the Placer County Fish and Game Commission. In 1997, Seck was named Rural Doctor of the Year by the California Medical Association. Rosemary Seck said her husband was doctoring to near the end of his life. ”That summer, he made a house call and did a diagnosis that may have saved someone’s life,” she said. The monument is dedicated to his life’s work in the medical profession, which started after Seck earned his medical degree and went to work in 1960 as physician for the Placer County Hospital, located on Elm Avenue where the Auburn Town Center is now. Supervisor Jim Holmes told about 50 people gathered for the dedication that Seck’s work will continue to benefit the people of Placer County. “His legacy includes the Placer County Medical Clinic, which he established and which continues in his spirit of providing a treatment center for all of the people of Placer County who are in need of medical attention and lack the ability or resources to that vitally needed care,” Holmes said. The clinic is located near the corner of B Avenue and First Street at the Placer County Government Center.