Thanks so much for the excellent tribute to Dean Gordon. I was a member of the chapel choir for most of my undergraduate years (until my senior year when I dropped out in order to practice for an organ recital in the spring). I knew Dean Gordon reasonably well and was at least once invited for dinner with him and his gracious wife, along with several other students. On graduation he signed a copy of his book, Through the Valley of the Kwai, with a very kind note on the frontispiece for my mother. Around 10 years after graduation, my wife and I spent some time with him (probably coffee or tea) in Toronto. He was attending a conference and we were staying coincidentally at the same hotel. I remember, as an undergraduate, teasing him about painting the carved reliefs on the table at the front of the chapel. Of course this was entirely in keeping with C of E practice.  

Many memories of my Princeton years have faded, but my fondness and respect for Dean Gordon remain strong, and I am ever grateful for the opportunity to have known such a remarkable person.

With best wishes and many thanks for your tribute,

William Goodrich Jones ’63
Kenilworth, Ill.