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ASU Business Professor - Gordon Charles Inskeep was a business professor at Arizona State University who was always ahead of his time, from his school days to successful careers in engineering, journalism, business and academics. He skipped ahead two grades as a boy; constantly reinvented himself in an era when most men worked for the same company their whole career; and long before the rise of jogging, workout plans and gym-club memberships he followed a daily regimen of calisthenics that kept him vigorously fit for life. Gordon died Sunday, Jan. 19 in the Health Care Center of Friendship Village in Tempe, Arizona after a long struggle with Alzheimer's and a brief one with pneumonia. He was just three weeks shy of his 92nd birthday. He loved playing tennis, taking pictures, cheering on the ASU basketball team, a succession of cats, the comedy of Red Skelton, and his brother, John. Above all, he was devoted to his wife, Nan, his family and a wide circle of friends. Born February 9, 1922 in Bellefontaine, Ohio, Gordon graduated high school at the top of his class. He was editor of the school paper and an Eagle Scout who was chosen to take part in the first-ever national Boy Scout Jamboree in Washington, DC in 1937. Gordon earned a chemical engineering degree from The Ohio State University in 1942, where he played clarinet in the marching band and was a member Phi Delta Theta. During World War II, he contributed to the war effort by managing a penicillin plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. After the war, Gordon was drawn back to journalism as a writer and editor for the American Chemical Society magazine where he met and married a fellow editor, Cora Glasner. The job took them to London where Gordon was based as a correspondent traveling Europe and North Africa and developed the passion for photography he would later be known for. A new job with the St. Regis Paper Company took them to Scarsdale, New York where they settled to raise son Jesse and daughter Ann. Gordon served as a trustee of the Scarsdale Congregational Church while rising through the corporate ranks to become Director of Personnel and Planning at St. Regis. But Gordon longed to escape the New York rat race and winter weather, so he returned to school to earn his doctorate in business from Columbia University. In 1968, the family moved to Tempe where Gordon could ride a bike to work, swim every day and play tennis year- round. With PhD in hand, he accepted the challenge of founding the Center for Executive Development at ASU, later teaching management in the graduate business school. As Dr. Inskeep, he mentored his students and served on the advisory board of the ASU newspaper, the State Press. He retired from ASU in 1982. The family was active in Dayspring United Methodist Church and many civic organizations. After his children were grown and Cora died in 1990, Gordon was blessed to build a new life with longtime family friend Nan Osborne Gear, a registered nurse who served in the Peace Corps. They were married in 1992 and settled in Friendship Village. They enjoyed many years of traveling the world, attending plays and concerts, and courtside seats for ASU basketball games. Even as his health declined, Gordon was well-known in the Friendship Village community for his sunny demeanor and friendly greetings to fellow residents and staff. In addition to his wife Nan, Gordon is survived by son Jesse Inskeep of Clarksdale, Mississippi; daughter Ann Serafin (Thom) and grandsons Mitchell and Matthew Serafin of La Grange Park, Illinois; nieces Karol Inskeep of San Diego, Leslie Peterson of Oakland, California and Laurel Peterson Gregory of Sedalia, Colorado; stepdaughters Alice Webber and Jennifer Jordan of Salt Lake City, Utah; stepson Jeffrey Gear of Miami, Florida; and sister-in-law Suzanne Shea of Somers, New York. A memorial celebration will be held at Friendship Village on April 12. In lieu of flowers, the family invites contributions to , 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014, 602.530.6992, or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 26, 2014
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