James P. Gaston ’54 died on November 13, 2022, in New York, New York.
(The following was provided by the New York Times on November 20, 2022)
James Pinchot Gaston, MD, known as Jim, died peacefully with family present in New York City on November 13, 2022, at the age of 90. The son of Rosamond Pinchot and William A. Gaston, Jim was born on December 14, 1931, in New York City. He attended Bronxville Academy, New Canaan Country School, Westminster School, and Bowdoin College (’54), where he developed a passion for flying. A highlight was his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1962 in a Piper Super Cub. After McGill Medical School and training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Jim served two tours at a civilian hospital in Nha Trang, Vietnam, during the TET Offensive. In addition to his private practice, he was an attending surgeon at Doctors Hospital and New York Hospital where he pioneered breast cancer surgery as a distinct specialty. A man of many interests, he could be found managing his real estate, at his restaurant on the Upper East Side, biking around Central Park or at his home on Hurricane Island, Maine. Jim is survived by his wife, Gail, his children Pierre, Amanda, Jamey, and Frances, his brother Tom, sister Gigi and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Bill and son Robin. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at Weill Cornell for the care and honor that was shown to Jim in his final days.