Kent A. Gossett

Kent A. Gossett

Kent A. Gossett, 60, Wallingford, Pa., formerly of Greenfield, passed away June 8, 2013, after a long battle with lung cancer; he was surrounded by his family. He was born in Greenfield, June 1, 1953, the son of Marilyn Walter Gossett and the late Dr. Frank O. Gossett, DVM.

Kent received his MS and DVM from Purdue University, his PhD in Veterinary Clinical Pathology from Louisiana State University, and received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He was a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Kent most recently worked as a Partner at SRone in Conshohocken, Pa., the corporate venture capital arm of GlaxoSmithKline. Over the past few years, he sat on the boards of more than nine companies, contributing to the success of those organizations as they pushed their biotechnical innovations through clinical trials. In his final weeks, he spent many happy days with his wife, children, grandson, and puppies watching movies and LSU games. He was thankful for the laughter they all shared together up until the very end.

He is survived by his loving wife, Diane H. Gossett; their children, Christopher M. (fiancée, Amber L. Spielman) of Wallingford, Pa., Katherine L. and Anna B. of New York, N.Y.; and grandson, Christian A.; his mother, Marilyn W. Gossett of Greenfield; his siblings Larry C. Gossett of Greenfield,  Carol A. Thorne and Susan K. Gossett of Indianapolis, and Mark W. Gossett of Mountain Lakes, N.J. and their families.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Roger B. Cohen at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at UPenn, who provided extensive support as a friend and doctor to Kent and his family during his treatment over the last 6 years, as well as to the Wissahickon Hospice.

A Celebration of Kent's life will be held on Saturday June 15, 2013 at the Greenfield Christian Church, 23 N. East Street, Greenfield, IN. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the Celebration of Life immediately following at 12:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Abramson Cancer Center, an organization dedicated to changing the paradigm of discovery, innovation, and cancer care for specific types of cancer, including lung cancer. Kent benefited from the great work of this organization under the care of Dr. Cohen. Abramson Cancer Center, Development Office, 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA, 19104 Attn: Lung Cancer TCE.