Richard A. Gordon
Colonel Richard ('Dick') A. Gordon a 40-year resident of Indialantic, FL, peacefully passed from this life on Saturday, June 28, 2014. Dick was born Aram Ghoussian on September 1, 1920, in Chicago, IL. His parents were Virginia Gordon ('Virjini Ghoussian') and Arthur Gordon ('Ashod Ghoussian'), first generation Armenian immigrants from Sebinkarahisar, Turkey. He had an older sister, Betty Gordon Beckwith of Seattle, WA, and a younger brother, Robert Arthur Gordon, D.D.S., of Granada Hills, CA.
He spent his early years in the Chicago suburb of Riverside, playing along the Des Plaines River. When his older sister Betty demonstrated musical and acting talent the family relocated to Hollywood, CA, where Dick graduated from Hollywood HS and UCLA. Some of his fondest memories were of his friendship with Richard DeMille, son of filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, and sailing trips to Catalina Island on their family yacht.
While attending UCLA, WWII began and Dick was drafted and served in the 13th Jungle Air Force in a countermeasure group. He was stationed on Moratai Island, Indonesia and flew in B-24 Liberators. After the war, the Air Force assigned Dick to the Pentagon. In Washington, D.C., he met Audrey Alley who had left her small town of Martinsville, VA to work for the War Department in our nation's capital. They married in 1949 and had two daughters.
Dick's work for the USAF and government contractors took the family to Wiesbaden, Germany, Newark, OH, San Angelo, TX, Laurel, MD, and Indialantic, FL. While stationed overseas, Audrey and Dick traveled extensively on the Continent. In Ohio, Dick taught ROTC at Denison University in Granville. He was a lifelong health enthusiast and enjoyed swimming, tennis and was still jogging as an octogenarian. He also loved animals both wild and domesticated and passed that love on to his children. His other passion was the English language and he loved words, reading, and correct grammar (!).
Dick and Audrey were married for 57 years. Dick is survived by his daughters, Bonnie Gordon, an attorney in Phoenix, AZ, her husband, Peter Guild, and their daughter, Ivy Guild, and Lisa Gordon, a microbiologist in the Florida Keys and her husband, Edward Barham. Arrangements are private, but any gifts in Dick's memory may be made to 'Enright Flight Ministries' "TM", 1919 Jackson Ln, Port Orange, FL 32128.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 17, 2014