I. Gordon Odell

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July 1, 1921 - August 15, 2013
I. Gordon Odell, of Aliso Viejo, CA, passed away on Thursday, August 15. The third son of Irving and May Odell, Gordon was born on July 01, 1921 in Chicago, IL and was raised in Winnetka alongside his siblings, Jamie, Jack and Ann. He attended New Trier High School and graduated from Berkshire School in Massachusetts as President of the class of 1940. He entered Princeton University as an Army ROTC and graduated in 1944 with a B.A. in Economics, Cum Laude.
In 1943, Gordon was shipped to England as a Lieutenant with the 865th Battalion to fight in WWII. At the end of the war he led his battalion in returning German prisoners of war to their hometowns. He was promoted to Captain upon his discharge. In the spring of 1953, he was introduced to Jane Schaff on a blind date. They were married in 1954 at Atwill Memorial Chapel in Northport Point, Michigan.
After the war, Gordon started his career at the Elgin National Watch Company in Illinois. In 1957 he moved his family to California when he joined North American Aviation. There he became Vice President of Business Development for the Electronics Division. As the head of North American's diversification planning staff, he headed the team that succeeded in merging North American Aviation with Rockwell-Standard, thus forming Rockwell International. Gordon joined Capital Management Group in 1976 as a Vice President. In 1981 he created I. Gordon Odell and Company, a firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and financial consulting. Gordon served on many community boards as a member and president, including 25 years volunteering for the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janey, his five children, Janey Cutting (Pasadena), Toby Odell (Arcadia), Philip Odell (Denver, CO), Bill Odell (Redwood City), and Annie Rosenberger (Pasadena), as well as eleven grandchildren.
A service will be held on Wednesday August 28 at 1 P.M. at Church of Our Saviour, 535 W. Roses Road in San Gabriel, CA. Contributions in his memory can be made to the House Ear Institute, 2100 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057; Berkshire School, 245 N Undermountain Rd, Sheffield, MA 01257; and Companion Hospice, 2041 W. Orange, Orange, CA 92868.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 25, 2013
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