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Dr. David Lee Gandell passed away March 4th, 2021 surrounded by his wife and children. He was a dedicated obstetrician-gynecologist and philanthropist who cared deeply for his patients and delivered more than 5,000 babies throughout his distinguished career. He is responsible for training countless physicians as a faculty member at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and inspired his colleagues with his advocacy for his patients and profession as an active member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was a gifted orator, loved to dance, and had a thirst for adventure, qualities that he shared with his spouse and passed on to his beloved children and grandchild.

He was the loving husband of Rev. Dahn Dean Gandell; devoted father of Rachel (Justin) Tetlow, Ryan Gandell, Lillian Gandell, Hannah Gandell, and Madeline Coughlin; doting grandfather to Oliver Tetlow; dear Uncle of Myles (Elizabeth Diaz) Gideon and Michael (Jennifer Smith) Gideon; and cherished cousin of Jerry (Pam) Halpern and Susan Halpern.

A private memorial gathering with family and close friends will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory can be made to Puresa Humanitarian, 5527 N Military Trail, Suite #1408, Boca Raton, FL 33496 ( and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, P.O. Box 97166, Washington, DC 20090 (

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