Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry to see this. Dr. Gates was a great friend for over 15 years. I will miss him dearly. One of the finest men I ever knew.

Posted by Brian O'Connor    August 11, 2021

Chris was a wonderful friend and doctor.
He’ll be greatly missed.

Posted by David Brown - Friend   February 26, 2021

Chris was a fine gentleman, caring and supportive physician and highly valued colleague. He is fondly remembered by those of us who were honored to know him at the Brigham and elsewhere in Boston.

Posted by Robert Schlauch - Needham, MA - Coworker   February 22, 2021


Cousin Chris was just that. My cousin, my siblings cousin, my father's first cousin, everyone's cousin! He was always there for us all, both in fact and at the other end of the phone with a helping emotional hand. He defined whatever we thought "being a cousin" meant... and for me that started earlier in life than I can remember. Pyrotechnics at Yonder Hill, water events, outboards, more firecrackers, friendships across time and geography which nudged me to participate in our many communities both in Penobscot Bay and on birth turf. The penultimate "cousin" who was just old enough to look up to yet close enough for some
real bonding. Quite likely, the latter is what carries me forward. And I do mean carry. Throughout the years quietly, deliberately, and with seeming effortlessness he carried the glue pot that keeps families together. For this extended bonding I am most grateful. It is the subconscious nudge that he shares with me daily
by filling my memory of what it means to be "cousin Chris."

Posted by Perry Gates - Camden, ME - Family   February 21, 2021

Sending my thoughts & prayers to the Gates family. Dr. Gates was a pleasure to work for and will miss the friendship we developed over the years. I will miss talking to him and checking in to see how he is doing. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Maria Fidler - Taunton, MA - Coworker   February 09, 2021

I wanted to write for myself and all my family in appreciation of Dr Gates and his life

My own experience with Dr Gates was that he hired me to work on a breast cancer and double bind project for the summer while I was also applying to medical schools. He had created a lovely group of collaborators and researchers, and I learned a lot from him about research, working well, how to explore a new area, and his own passion for research and teaching. Over the years after that summer, when I saw him, he would always ask after my life, career and was so kind. I really thank him for being one of the important influences on my own subsequent medical research career.

My father, Dr T Corwin Fleming, also remembers Dr Gates as a colleague with great fondness – they interacted and collaborated clinically for many years

All our sympathy and best wishes
Lora Fleming and the Fleming Family

Posted by The Fleming Family - Coworker   February 09, 2021

Chris Gates was a gentleman in all senses of the word. His kindness, thoughtfulness and steady good cheer will be missed by all of us who worked with him at the Brigham and in the greater Longwood Medical Area.

Posted by Jonathan Borus, M.D. - Newton, MA - Coworker   February 07, 2021

Soon after Chris and I became acquainted, he shared with me an essay he had written for his grandchildren. It was a thoughtful explanation of how to think about God. I could see that it was written by an intelligent and charming man whom I would want to have as a friend. Since then, we had started to meet for a talk every week. As he left, he would say, “We have so much to talk about, let’s meet again next week.” That opportunity is sadly lost, to me and I’m sure to many others who came to know him. His memory will remain a precious gift.

Posted by Will Edgerly    February 07, 2021

Cousin Chris! I loved him and will miss him. He was a dear family friend who welcomed me into the Gates gaggle, and with stories, created a connection to many who passed before I joined. As the glue he kept family connected, a social media hub in his own way. I loved his Camden sleepovers with Perry and me as they fit into his plans to catch the early ferry. Visits to Yonder Hill were an exclamation mark of every summer. His relentless energy around Tempmoor was impressive. I treasure the memory of our lunch on the porch last fall, afraid it might be our last and wishing it not to be so. You hold a very deep and dear place in my heart, Chris. Please be at peace.

Posted by Deborah Meehan - Camden, ME   February 07, 2021

Dr. Gates was a constant wisdom in our lives since 1975. He guided us through very serious illnesses. We last saw him in 2018. God smile on his goodness! God bless his family!

Posted by Gerrie and Jim Milgroom - Weymouth, MA - Friend   February 07, 2021


He is now resting in peace

Posted by Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH - Acquaintance   February 06, 2021