May 26, 1920 ~ July 24, 2012
Gordon Horatio Ten Broeck D.M.D., 92, of Hamden, passed away on July 24, 2012 after a short illness. He was born in Hebron, Nebraska on May 26, 1920 to the late William and Hazel Orendorf Ten Broeck. After attending the University of Nebraska, Gordon worked at the Bank of America in San Francisco before joining the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII. After a year, he transferred to the U.S. Navy. Gordon then attended Tufts University and Tufts School of Dental Medicine where he qualified for an undergraduate internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After graduation Gordon started his practice in New Haven. During the Vietnam War, Gordon was required to re-enlist into the service and chose United States Public Health Service. He was assigned to the Region 11 District Office in Denver, CO where he studied the effects of natural fluoride in public water supplies. After the completion of his service, Gordon returned to his practice. Upon his return he was assigned the chairman of the committee on Fluoridation for the Connecticut State Dental Association where for the next twelve years he lobbied the CT State Legislature for the requirement of fluoride in public water supplies. His battle was finally won in 1965. In 1999 Gordon retired after 52 years of dental work in the New Haven area. Gordon leaves his son, Craig Ten Broeck and his wife Cheryl of ME, his dear friend Linda Mitchell of Wallingford; sister, Barbara Rhoades of KS; grandsons, Benjamin & Justin; great-granddaughter, Aaliyah. He was predeceased by his sons, Scott & Kris Ten Broeck and sisters, Gwyneth Drake & Dorothy Burk. A funeral service will take place at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Friday, July 27th at 10 a.m. Friends may visit earlier in the morning from 8:30 to 10:00. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Beaverdale Memorial Park.