Gordon E. Page, Jr. ’58 died on April 29, 2020 in Plymouth, Minnesota.
(The following was provided by a family member )
Gordon “Gordo” died at home in Plymouth, Minnesota on April 29, 2020 surrounded by family after a period of declining heart health. He was born on January 24, 1937, in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, and grew up in Greenwich and Redding, Connecticut. He prepared for college at George School in Newtown, PA. While at Bowdoin, he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the Glee Club. Post-college, Gordon served in the US Army as a First Lieutenant in the Signal Corps and was stationed at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey where he met and married his wife, Donna Cruwell.
An English major and lover of books, Gordon worked for Doubleday Publishing for 30 years. In this capacity, he regularly traveled out into “the territory” to serve regional independent booksellers throughout a five-state region in the upper midwest. He hosted Doubleday authors – including Alex Haley, Ann Landers, Phyllis Diller and Gay Talese – when they came to the Twin Cities on book publicity tours. His work also led him to cross paths with the likes of Mississippi River folkster John Hartford and Doubleday editor Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Gordon was committed to his passions for baseball and music throughout his life. Having relocated to Minnesota in 1965, he became a loyal Twins fan and was known to take his children out of school to attend spring training games at Metropolitan Stadium. He loved classical music. He was a subscriber to the Minnesota Orchestra and a staunch supporter of Minnesota Public Radio. He played the piano at home and in the last years of his life sang an impressive catalog as part of his choir at Plymouth Presbyterian Church. He will be remembered for his kind spirit and quirky sense of humor. Need a ride to the airport? Gordon was your man. Want to know where the cheapest gas is? Ask Gordon. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and co-workers.
He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife of 57 years, Donna Page, three children (Pamela, Allison & Thomas), two sons-in-law (Alejandro Levins and Antonio Page), five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his sister Pam Waller of Nantucket (also a George School grad). A celebration of his life will be held when it’s safe to do so.