Gordon died of heart disease Mar. 2, 1997. He was 83. He prepared at Brooklyn's Polytechnic School. At Princeton he majored in economics. Having completed his ROTC training, at graduation he was commissioned a second lieutenant, field artillery. This would lead into an important phase in his life.
Prior to WWII, he was associated with an NYC bank. During that time he was a member of the 104th Field Artillery, New York National Guard. After Pearl Harbor, his unit, a component of the 27th Division, engaged in attacks and prolonged operations at Eniwetok Atoll on the Marshall Islands, Tinian, Saipan, and Okinawa. In 1951 he served in the Korean War. He was a highly decorated officer, having been awarded several medals, citations and commendations. He graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Army.
Upon military retirement, he worked as a stockbroker in Washington, D.C.
Gordon's wife, nŽe Olive Vanderbilt Hodgson, died in 1986. He is survived by a son, Robert H., a daughter, Mary E. Vallen, and grandchildren Katherine and Elizabeth Vallen.
Gordon was a loyal Princetonian and classmate. He indeed will be missed.
The Class of 1936