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Morris Aaron Gordon

April 3, 1920 - March 1, 2014


Morris A. Gordon, a research scientist and professor, died March 1st at Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community in Raleigh, NC. He was one month shy of his 94th birthday.

Dr. Gordon retired in 1987 after 29 years of New York Department of Health, most of that time as Director of the Laboratories of Mycology and then as Chief of the Laboratory for Clinical Microbiology. Among his many innovations in clinical microbiology were invention of the latex agglutination test for Cryptococcus; initiating application of florescent antibody techniques to mycology; discovering that soil was the natural habitat of many medically important fungi; and recognizing Dermatophilus infection for the first time in North America and reporting the first human cases in the world. He co-authored "Laboratory Identification of Pathogenic Fungi Simplified," and was author of more than 130 articles published in scientific journals and books. While in Albany, Dr. Gordon also served as Research Professor at Albany Medical College and Consultant in Mycology to the Veterans Hospital. He held a number of offices in professional organizations including the Presidency of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas from 1978 to 1979. In 1988 that organization honored him with the prestigious Rhoda Benham Award.

Morris Aaron Gordon was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, in 1920, received a B.S. degree from City College of New York in 1940 and an M.S. from the University of Chicago in 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942 to1946 before earning a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1949. Early in his career he work at the Communicable Disease Center (now Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta, then as a Biological Warfare Specialist at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. From 1955 to 1959, he was on the faculty at the Medical College of Charleston, SC. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi.

Survivors include his children, Barbara Gordon of Frederick, MD, David Gordon (Annie) of Northfield, MA and Sarah Gordon (James) of Sloatsburg, NY, his granddaughter, Nora Gordon of Brattleboro, VT, and his best friend for 39 years, Toni Meyer of Raleigh.


Published in The News & Observer on Mar. 9, 2014.
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April 2, 2014
Dr. Morris Gordon was very helpful in providing references, some additonal laboartory experiements and advice in some of my research projects. He was a one of the founding members of Medical Mycology of the Americas. May his soul rest in PEACE.
Arvind A. Padhye
March 29, 2014
Dr. Gordon taught me alot when I worked in the NYS DOH Mycology Lab. He avidly went mushroom hunting and could never understand that I didn't trust him enough to eat them, when he brought them home for his dinners. My sympathy to Toni and family for this loss.
Maggi Kemna Ventura
March 26, 2014
I am so sorry to hear about Morris. I know he will be missed but it is truly a blessing he lived a long life. May comfort and peace be with each of you and give you the strength to continue on.
March 17, 2014
Morris was a wise and gentile man, among his many accomplishments was his contribution to the North Carolina Science Standard Course of Study. He was an avid Duke University and NY Yankee fan, my sympathies to his family and friend Toni Meyer
Bill Tucci
March 13, 2014
Morris is greatly missed. He was a gentle soul, generous with his knowledge, and kind in deed and word. He truly was my sister's best friend. May she find comfort in her memories of their 39 years together. With much love, Betty
Betty Meyer Fuller
March 12, 2014
I am very saddened by the death of Morris Gordon. He was a friend and colleague for many years. We collaborated on a few papers and he often corrected my grammar and spelling when I sent some of my papers for his review. I believe he was one of the founders of the Medical Mycology Society of New York. He was dedicated to our society and managed to travel from Albany to NYC for our monthly meetings. He was missed when he retired and will always be missed for his erudite contributions to medical mycology .
Irene Weitzman
March 12, 2014
Morris was a respected colleague and a leading and innovative medical mycologist.
Leo Kaufman, Decatur,Ga.
Leo Kaufman
March 11, 2014
Morris Gordon was a wise sage to the younger version of this medical mycologist. I will be forever grateful for his generosity of time, patience, and teaching when I was in Albany. Peace, my old friend!
Chet Cooper
March 11, 2014
I knew Dr. Gordon for a brief time and he struck me as a good man. It turns out his research may have touched me even more. My anti rejection medicine is from fungi found in soil.
Christian Lupo
March 11, 2014
Our sympathy to Toni Meyer and the family of Morris Gordon.
Anthony Lupo
March 11, 2014
I am saddened by the loss of a mentor and friend. Dr. Gordon was a cherished colleague and a leader in the field of medical mycology.
Annette Fothergill
March 11, 2014
Morris was an esteemed colleague and firend for many, many years. He was also the ditor of the meidcal mlycolgy newsletter forever.
Art Di Salvo
March 10, 2014
Morris was a dear man and brought great joy to my mother, Irene Roberts. On behalf of her family, I want to say that we are most grateful for his life and his love.
Jean Kitchin
March 10, 2014
For the brief times I met Morris, he was truly a nice man and will be missed. My prayers and sympathies to his family and friends
Diane Lupo
March 9, 2014
I just read of Morris' death. My sympathy to his family and to Toni Meyers. I knew both of them from their Woodgate years.
Margaret Farrell
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