Brewer died Saturday, June 2. He had been teaching a motorcycle safety event in Juneau when he complained of dizziness and indigestion.
"On behalf of the SEARHC Board of Directors, I want to express the profound sadness and the deep sense of loss that Ken's untimely passing will bring to us all," said Jan Hill, chairperson of the SEARHC Board of Directors.
Hill said the board's selection of Gorman was unanimous.
"I am honored to fill this role during a critical and sad time in SEARHC's history," Gorman said.
"Ken Brewer was ardently pursuing the vision set forward by the SEARHC Board of Directors. I will work to my best abilities to ensure that we continue on this path. I look forward to working with the Board in its process of recruiting and selecting a new CEO."
Gorman has been vice president of community health services since 1989, and he was deputy director of community health services from 1987-89.
His division provides services to 19 rural villages in Southeast Alaska.
These services include training and supervising community health aides and community wellness advocates, providing medical, dental and behavioral health services, residential substance abuse treatment, emergency medical services and training, community family service workers, environmental health, injury prevention and health promotion.
In addition to his work with SEARHC, Gorman has worked with Refugees International in Sri Lanka and Iraq, and worked with the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia, northern Iraq and Thailand.
He was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic and worked with the Peace Corps in Hawaii and Papua New Guinea.
He also worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Sitka from 1978-80. During his tenure at SEARHC, Gorman served on the boards for the Alaska Center for Rural Health (1991-2002), the Alaska Public Health Association (1994-98) and the Alaska Primary Care Association (2001-04).
Gorman earned a Master of Public Health degree in health education from the University of Hawai'i. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology, with a minor in journalism, from the University of Colorado.
For information about Brewer, see obituary here.