Dr. Alden S. Gooch, 60; Was Chief Of Clinical Cardiology At Deborah

Posted: August 23, 1987

Dr. Alden Stanley Gooch, 60, vice chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases and director of clinical cardiology at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, N.J., died Thursday at Cooper Hospital- University Medical Center in Camden after a brief illness.

Dr. Gooch, a longtime resident of Medford Lakes, was associated with Deborah for the last 18 years. During that time he also held the title of director of the outpatient clinic and director of the cardiology training program.

He was a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of Rutgers University. From 1973 to 1985 he held the same position at the Temple University Medical School.

Since 1970 he was a visiting lecturer at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Gooch was a member of several professional organizations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association and the Philadelphia Academy of Cardiology.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II and attained the rank of lieutenant junior grade. He was an active member of the Navy Reserve for several years.

His love of the Navy and its ships became a hobby for Dr. Gooch. He was a member of the Navy League and the National Maritime Historical Society. He also collected photographs and drawings of combat ships and communicated with current Navy commanders.

He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in 1951 and his medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1955. In 1956 he completed his internship at the Polyclinic Hospital in Harrisburg.

From 1961 to 1963, Dr. Gooch studied internal medicine at George Washington University in Washington. He held a fellowship in cardiology at the school

from 1963 to 1965.

Dr. Gooch wrote more than 100 articles and papers for medical journals in the field of cardiology. In 1969 he wrote Clinical Clues in the Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Disease.

Surviving are his wife, Alice Hall; three sons, Robert of Phoenix, James of Medford and Thomas of Medford Lakes; a daughter, Dr. Helen Armstrong of Shreveport, La.; his mother, Clara Gooch of Bar Harbor, Maine; two brothers, one sister and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Cathedral in the Woods in Medford Lakes. A burial at sea is planned.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, 08015.

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