Gordon died Jan. 7, 2005, after a short illness at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He was 89.
He came to us from Lawrenceville, majored in history, and was a member of Key and Seal Club. He volunteered for the Navy in World War II, serving on the USS Wyoming and later the USS Ludlow in the North Atlantic. He ended his service as a lieutenant commander.
For the next 12 years, Gordon was president of city specialty stores, including Franklin Simon and Oppenheim Collins. He was later president of two holding companies, American and Franchard corporations. He bought QTV as a fledgling equipment maker that had acquired the rights to the original TelePrompTer device for public speakers.
In 2000 he sold the company to a group that included its British management.
Gordon was a major benefactor of the Manhattan School of Music, a member of its board of trustees for 34 years, and chairman from 1981-94. In 2002, one of the school's major concert halls was renamed the Gordon K. and Harriet Greenfield Recital Hall. Gordon also served on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera, Young Concert Artists, and the Santa Fe Opera.
Our condolences go to Harriet, his wife of 59 years; his daughters, Judith Six, Faith Lewis, and Hope Greenfield; sons Gordon Jr. and James; and seven grandchildren. We admired his knowledge, wit, and wisdom.
The Class of 1937