Gordon Ambach

New Haven, Connecticut

1934 - 2018


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Ambach, GordonGordon MacKay Ambach of New Haven, CT, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 25.He was a warm and inspiring leader who took an interest in everyone he met. Through his long career in education policy and administration, he led initiatives at the state, national and international...

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Gordon was a creative and masterful leader with unrelenting energy and absolute dedication to improving education for all students in this country. No one knew more about the importance of education policy and the role it could play in achieving educational equity than Gordon. I learned more about education policy in the first year at the Council of Chief State School Officers under Gordons leadership than I had in the 15 years prior working at the state and national levels. Gordon was...

Lucy and family, Gordon was a giant in the education community and we respected him greatly. We are saddened to hear of his passing and send out sincerest condolences to you and the family. We both enjoyed working with him during our time in DC. Billie and Tony Rollins

Gordon was my first boss at CCSSO and had a huge influence on my career. Even though I was young and inexperienced, Gordon took an interest in me and even helped me get into graduate school. His influence on education policy cannot be overstated and continues to play a major role in ensuring that we uphold high standards and supports for all students. Thank you, Gordon, and rest in peace.

May his memories live on in the hearts and prayers of love ones bringing comfort and solace to mourning family and friends as he R.I.P

Gordon Ambach was my 8th grade social studies teacher at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury, NY (1958-9). He must have been just a newly minted college graduate though quickly, a very fine and respected teacher as well as a genuinely lovely man. Although he only remained at Wheatley only a few short years, I am heartened to read about the stellar career he developed upon leaving. Sincere condolences to his family upon their great loss of this wonderful man.

From the time Gordon walked into my 2nd grade classroom at John Howkand School, I knew how special he was. By sixth grade When he was class president I was sure he would be POTUS.. tho may not have known those initials. Happy memories through high school with him and my buddy ( occasional bfriend )Richard Abedon as they slaughtered them in basketball and tennis. Had privilege of lunching and driving him thru old haunts/ familiar spots of Providence -( Astral Ave) when he received honorary...

Hello Lucy and family,

I am so sorry for your loss and the loss the education community. As you know he was a true, leader, advocate and scholar. He will be missed. Prayers for Gordan, to you, and your family.