Thomas F. Gordon ’39

Thomas F. Gordon ’39 died July 24, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C. He was born on June 24, 1918, in Portland, son of the late Eugene B. Gordon, class of 1914, and graduated from Brewer (Maine) High School. He went to Bowdoin for the 1935-1936 academic year, then received an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1940. He was on the first ship that brought troops to Hawaii after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. His military career took him and his family to California, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, Japan and Germany. After retiring from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1961 after 21 years, he earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Duke University in 1963. Following two years on the Duke faculty, he was hired as a mathematics instructor at North Carolina State University. He taught there until his retirement in 1985 after 22 years. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he supervised the incoming teaching assistants for many years and served on a variety of department and university committees. He was an active and involved church member, serving on vestries and in other volunteer capacities. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Dorothy Reed Miller Gordon; sons Thomas F. Gordon Jr. and Alexander M. Gordon; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brother Robert G. Gordon ’41.