Gordon II, Joseph Grover
Dec. 25, 1945 - Sept. 13, 2013
Joseph Grover Gordon II passed away on Friday, September 13th.& Joe graduated from Harvard University (Class of 1967), with the degree of Bacherlor of Arts cum laude in chemistry and physics. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on a National Science Foundation Fellowship and in 1970, received his PhD in inorganic chemistry. He joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of chemistry. In 1975, he joined the research staff of IBM Almaden in San Jose, CA where he worked for 33 years. During his work in thin films and batteries, he produced twelve patents and published numerous scientific papers.& He was a Fellow of the American Physical Society.& Joe retired from IBM in 2009 and went to work for Applied Materials as a Sr. Director for Advanced Technology.& Joe is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, son, Perry and wife Alyshia, and grandson, Grayson; his brothers, Eric R. Gordon, Dr. Craig S. Gordon and wife Patricia and a sister, Dr. Rhea Gordon and her husband Jack Williams; brothers-in-law, William B. Gordon and wife Elizabeth (Winchester, MA), Gregory A. Gordon (Worcester, MA); sisters-in-law Ethel G. Harris, and Luverta McClain (Somerville, MA); and many other relatives. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 am., at the First Unitarian Church, 160 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Joseph G. Gordon Scholarship Fund at Wake Forest University (P.O. Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109), Phillips Exeter Academy, Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund (20 Main Street Exeter, NH 03833) or to the San Jose Chamber Music Society (P.O. Box 108 San Jose, CA 95103-0108). More information about Joe's life and work can be found at:

Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 29, 2013