Thomas F. Gordon
1918 - 2014
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Thomas Frederick Gordon

June 24, 1918 - July 24, 2014


Thomas Frederick Gordon, 96, died Thursday, July 24th, 2014, at Springmoor Retirement Community.

Tom was a much loved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, soldier, and teacher.

He was born on June 24th, 1918, in Portland, Maine, and raised in Brewer, Maine. He went to Bowdoin College for a year and then received an appointment to the United States Military Academy, from which he graduated in 1940. He was on the first ship that brought troops to Hawaii after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

He married Dorothy Reed Miller on November 26th, 1942, in Wilmington, North Carolina. They have remained life partners until his death.

Tom's military career took him and his family to stateside assignments in California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Maine. They traveled overseas to Japan, Germany, and Okinawa.

After retiring from the Army in 1961, Tom earned an MAT in mathematics at Duke University. Following two years on the Duke faculty, he was hired as a mathematics instructor at North Carolina State University. He taught there until his retirement in 1985. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he supervised the incoming teaching assistants for many years and was on a variety of department and university committees.

Throughout his two careers he was always actively involved in the Church, serving on vestries and in other volunteer capacities.

He was a lifelong sports fan and especially enjoyed his many years of attending NC State athletic events. And he himself was an exceptionally skilled handball player!

Retirement brought the joy of being able to spend more time with his beloved wife and to experience the wonder of new relationships with his two sons and of being a grandparent and great grandparent.

Tom is survived by his wife, Dorothy Reed Miller Gordon; sons Thomas F. Gordon, Jr., of Winston-Salem, and Alexander M. Gordon (Ann), of Efland; grandchildren John A. Gordon (Liu Lan) of Beijing, China, William T. Gordon (Viktorija) of Durham, and Ann M. Gordon (Landon) of Charlotte; and great grandchildren Oliver Abernethy of Charlotte and Andrea Gordon of Durham.

A celebration of Tom's life will be held on Monday, July 28th, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Raleigh (125 Hillsborough St.).

Memorial offerings are suggested to Kanuga Conferences (Kanuga Pathfinders), PO Box 250, Hendersonville, NC, 28793-0250 or The Church of the Good Shepherd (Shepherd's Table), 121 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC, 27615.

Published in The News & Observer on Jul. 26, 2014.
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July 29, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Cricket Fuller (Kerr Drug )
July 28, 2014
Dear Tom,
What a truly kind and caring gentleman your father was, and all who knew him would agree! It was always such treat for me to see him. He had a way of making people feel important and special, and his gentle presence in the Clayton Wing will be greatly missed, both by residents and staff alike. He was one of those unforgettable people! You and your brother were truly blessed to have had the privilege of calling him "Dad," and I know he appreciated so much all of your efforts of love on his behalf during these recent years. God bless you as you continue to bring joy to your dear mother. My heart cries with yours. The service today was beautiful. Please give my condolences to your brother. I did not get to speak to him. I will make it a point to go visit your mother.
Nancy Mainesmith
July 28, 2014
Dear Gordon Family,
I took Calculus under Col. Gordon when I was a freshman in College at NC State University (1969-1970). I am grateful for the time he took with me to help me in my studies and for his concern for me personally.
Thanks and God bless,
David Rochelle (Wilmington, NC)
David Rochelle
July 27, 2014
Dear Gordon Family:
Tom was and is beloved by the members of the family that knew him...a great example to those of us who were younger and saw him intermittingly through the years. I remember him swimming with the family down in Dennysville...his stopping for the night in Worcester following graduation at West Point, and many other times that he made a wonderful impression on a young boy growing up in the 1940's. Tom is in a better place now and he will be missed but there will be a wonderful reunion for many of us and we will see him again and feel his sweet spirit and admirable character. Yes, Tom, as a young cousin, I wish you "Happy Trails" in your new home and the joy you felt to see your parents and brother Bob again.
With love to you and Dot and your family....we will all meet again in a far better place. Love to all: Bernard and Phyllis
July 27, 2014
Alex and Ann,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I know you and the rest of your family have many wonderful memories of your dad.
Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Toni and Barry
Toni Hill
July 26, 2014
Dear Tom and Alex
We were both very sad to hear of your father's passing. He was a good friend and an excellent teacher. He was a credit to the Department. Unfortunately we will be out of town this next week and will be unable to attend the service.
Sincerely Ernie and Bella Burniston
Ernest Burnisotn
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