Gordon E. ABSHIRE Gordon was born and raised in Idaho. He is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, with post-graduate studies at New York University and Columbia University Teachers' College. He will be interred in his hometown in Idaho. Although no funeral services in Seattle are planned at this time, a memorial celebration of his life will be scheduled for early 2006. Gordon retired from a career in data processing with Boeing. Throughout his career, Gordon was a recognized expert in information management processes. He was particularly interested in the human and social implications of automation influenced by his earlier work in psychology and linguistics. He was actively involved in various community groups including the Greater Seattle Business Association, where he served on the Scholarship Committee, and the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle. Gordon was a talented poet. A collection of Gordon's earlier works, "A Comfort of My Own Finding," was published privately in 1971. Several of Gordon's poems have been used as text for music compositions performed by The Esoterics, the Seattle Choral Company, the Bainbridge Chorale and the UW Summer Chorale. He also enjoyed acting in his younger days, and sang with groups in Seattle such as the Seattle Men's Chorus and the Seattle Choral Company. Gordon's interests in the arts were wide-ranging, and he enjoyed Broadway shows, the ballet, symphonic, choral and jazz concerts. He enjoyed traveling, and had just returned from a vacation trip to Mexico prior to his passing. Gordon Abshire was a witty and talented man who lived deeply and honestly. He will be missed by his family, including his brother Lynn Abshire and nephews, Mark Abshire, Matt Abshire and Tim Abshire, and his many friends. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Scholarship Fund of the Greater Seattle Business Association, or the Bread of Life Mission in Seattle. Visitation for Gordon will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2005 at Bonney-Watson Parker Chapel, 900 SW 146th Street, Burien. A Graveside Service will held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 7, 2005 at the Parkview Cemetery in New Plymouth, ID. Please sign the online guest memorial book at www.bonneywatson.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on November 3, 2005