GORDON--Saul, died peacefully on Sunday, April 6th, surrounded by his family. A long-time resident of New York City, Paris, France, and Nairobi, Kenya, Saul was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on April 18, 1932 and graduated from City College at the age of 18. He traveled widely through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, collecting further degrees in France and London. He lived in a Moshav in Israel his 20s. In 1966 Saul and his brother, Harold Gordon, founded Park East Tours, one of the largest safari companies, opening the US tourist market to East Africa. He married Marcia Corbett in 1971 and lived in Kenya where their three daughters were born. Saul and Marcia moved to Paris in 1981 where their children were educated. Park East Tours was sold in the late 1990s. Saul Gordon is survived by his wife, Marcia, of New York City and Albuquerque, New Mexico and his three daughters: Eleana and her husband Avi Jorisch of Washington, DC, Joanna of Paris, France; and Elizabeth and her fiance, David Halliday of Brooklyn, New York, as well as two grandchildren, Eiden and Oren Jorisch of Washington, DC. Saul is also survived by his brother Harold Gordon. Saul will always be remembered as a great wit and a raconteur of the first order and above all for his belief in the power of education and devotion to his family.
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Published in The New York Times on Apr. 20, 2014