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Joseph W. Gordon ’50

Published in Jan.26, 2006, issue

Joe, our vice president from 2000 to 2005 and 55th reunion co-chairman, died Sept. 10, 2005, after a long struggle with diabetes in a hospital near his Cos Cob, Conn., home.

Born in New Jersey, Joe came to Princeton from Exeter. A biology major, he was a member of Cannon Club, a varsity swimmer, and a four-year Glee Club member.

After serving as a lieutenant in the Army during the Korean conflict, Joe joined Union Carbide. During his 32 years at Carbide, Joe worked in purchasing, marketing, and product management. He was active in the company's retired men's association.

Joe enjoyed physical activities and after retirement kept in shape by a regimen of running, swimming, and skiing. Joe always held Princeton in high esteem. We are grateful for his dedicated service to our class, and echo the theme of his memorial service, "In thanksgiving for the life of Joseph Wallace Gordon, June 14, 1928 €” Sept. 10, 2005."

Our condolences go to Joe's wife, Betty; his sons, Joseph Jr. and William; daughter Susan; brother Jeremy; and six grandchildren.

The Class of 1950

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