Gordon Wickstrom
1926 - 2014
BORN
1926
DIED
2014
Gordon Minton Wickstrom died at the age of 88 on September 18, 2014, after fighting cancer since the preceding April. He was born on April 26, 1926, in Boulder. Wickstrom was Professor of Theatre at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania from 1971 to 1990, and Department Chair from 1976 until his retirement in 1990 as Alumni Professor of English Belles Lettres and Literature. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Betty Jane Smith Wickstrom, also a Boulder native, returned to Boulder. They have lived since then in a house built on the back yard of the family home on Bluff Street, where both his grandparents, of Boulder City Bakery, and his parents lived. Wickstrom was a master fly fisherman and fly-tier, who began fishing at age 12 with a rod and reel that his mother and father, Thelma and Percy Wickstrom, gave to him for his birthday. His knowledge of Boulder Creek and the watersheds of the mountains surrounding Boulder, combined with his fishing and his consummate expertise in the theatre, especially the plays of the Irish Renaissance, of Bernard Shaw and of Shakespeare, developed into many forms of writing and publication to which Wickstrom was devoted. He is the author of two books. Notes from an Old Fly Book, from University Press of Colorado came out in 2001, and Late in an Angler's Life, from University of New Mexico Press, came out in 2004. He made many contributions to the distinguished The American Fly Fisher, which is the journal of the American Museum of Fly Fishing. With illustrations from John Betts and graphic design from Michael Signorella, he published a graphic history of fly-fishing, along with a unique dramatic piece, The Great Debate. For over ten years he published two gazettes, cherished by readers across the country and internationally, The Bouldercreek Angler, and The Bouldercreek Actor. He also wrote for his blog, The Boulder Creek Angler (http://bouldercreekangler.blogspot.com), posting his last essay, "The Fisherman," on September 5, 2014. He said that, in the blog, he wrote on "all matters of art, life, love and angling." He was a member of the Boulder Fly Casters and the illustrious Flyfishers' Club of London. Wickstrom was a WWII veteran, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 until 1945. He received his degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder in English Literature in 1950, funded by the GI Bill of Rights. Subsequently, Wickstrom began his teaching career at Powell High School in Powell, Wyoming, where his two children, Linnea and Maurya, were born, in 1951 and 1959 respectively. While in Powell, Wickstrom pioneered in the theatre, directing the plays of the European avant-garde of the time, such as those by Samuel Beckett. In 1966, the family moved to Palo Alto, California, where Wickstrom earned his Ph.D, at Stanford University, with a dissertation on the Deidre plays of three Irish playwrights. Over the years Wickstrom directed over 100 plays, including directing and acting at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Upon retirement, and with J.H. Crouch as partner, he founded The Shakespeare Oratorio Society of Colorado in 1995. Each winter the society produced one of Shakespeare's plays in their radically different "oratorical" format. Wickstrom played King Lear for the third time in the maiden production of the society. Wickstrom's brother, Phillip, played Gloucester and became a regular with the company. He was ever, and remained to the end, a convinced and practical Democrat. He is survived by his wife of ­­­66 years, Betty Jane Wickstrom; his daughter Linnea Wickstrom and her spouse, Peter Maresca, and their son, Per Wickstrom-Maresca; daughter Maurya Wickstrom and her spouse, Joel Reynolds, and their son, Naoise Reynolds and their daughter, Erin Reynolds. He is also survived by his brother Phillip Wickstrom, the two who were, always, "Thelma and Percy's boys." Gordon expressly did not wish his death to be an expense to his friends. But hospice helped care for him in the last month of his life so if you so desire, his family suggests a contribution to TRU CommunityCare. A service will be held on Wednesday, September 24th at 12:30 p.m. at Ryssby church at 9000 N. 63rd, Longmont, 80503 (left off the Diagonal at 63rd). Wickstrom asked that his friends be directed to Shakespeare's Sonnet #73, and, in the spirit of Dean John Donne of St. Paul's, think on death as the most interesting, exciting, mysterious, and disastrous thing that can happen to us. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at legacy.com/obituaries/dailycamera
Published by The Daily Camera on Sep. 21, 2014.
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Gordon, I'm now 80. It's a surprise. You helped me survive several difficult times in my life, so here I am. I think of you so often. I talk to you as well. So much to say, so much to share ...
John Patrick Thomas
September 15, 2021
Gordon was an extraordinary man and genuinely "out of the box" thinker. I learned much from him, about feeling as well as thinking.
Nancy McDowell
September 15, 2021
just read Gordon's short article excellent in Gray's Sporting Journal April 2008 "The End" ... carrying angling from the river and deep into the words, towards "the last syllable of recorded time" excellent! Wish I had known Prof Gordon during my four years '70-'74. Probably would have fli fished some of the limestone streams nearby Lancaster.
Charles Hansel
Student
May 31, 2017
Yesterday I got the announcement of Fluid Movement's 2017 water ballet production: SHARKSPEARE. Here in wonderful, wacky Baltimore City, Maryland, Fluid Movement is a performance art group which delights the locals every late winter with a "roller ballet" and every summer with water ballet performances in two of the city's public pools. They have sign-ups, but not auditions...anyone willing to don a swimsuit, assigned costume, lots of glitter, and faithfully attend rehearsals is IN! I was a Polynesian Sailor in the 2013 production of Moby Dick. Life interfered with my participation these past 3 years, but as soon as I saw they were doing SHARKSPEARE I immediately committed myself to returning to the wacky, glittery fold this summer. Every pun, couplet, sonnet, sneer and sigh shall be in my heart dedicated to you and your love of the works which inspired this year's tribute. Love you, Gordon. ❤❤
Linda Gustafson
April 19, 2017
His two books on Fly Fishing : Notes from an Old FLY BOOK and Late in an Angler's Life are two of my favorite books. I read them both once a year. We sent a few hand written notes to each other he was a very generous man. I just found out today April 18, 2017 that he had graduated.
Bill Hensel
Acquaintance
April 18, 2017
I had almost 0 experience as an actor, my senior year at F&M, but Professor Wickstrom cast me in a very innovative modern-dress production of The Seagull. He even arranged to bring the cast to NYC for the BAM production of The Cherry Orchard. It was an inspiring experience, for which I will always be grateful. It's years later, and tonight we concluded a short, successful and satisfying run of a community production, and I felt inclined to look him up. I am sad to hear of his passing, but have been enriched by his presence. Be well.
April 8, 2017
Larry Quilling
April 5, 2017
..how fortunate I was as a new teacher to Powell High School to know and to work with Gordon..His command of the King's English was perfect and inspirational. All my life he inspired and lived in my thoughts. Thank You, Gordon the superb friend and teacher.
Ann Gernert
April 2, 2017
Thank you all so much for your lovely messages of remembrance. We all loved reading your stories and are glad of your thoughts of Gordon.
December 27, 2014
I am so saddened to hear of Gordon's passing. The news made it's way to me just a few weeks ago, and Gordon and Betty have been on my mind ever since.

As a Freshman in 1970 at F and M, Gordon cast me in Baal, and from that moment on he was my mentor, friend, guide, and inspiration. He brought me into his home many times as a student, and we always joked (even when I last saw him in 2009) about the work I did for him cleaning out his well in their backyard. I went onto graduate school and after receiving my MFA, Gordon called one day and offered me to chance to teach at F and M and direct in the Green Room in 1978-1979. It was one of my proudest moments, and working with Gordon was every bit as stimulating as being his student.

We stayed close and in in contact over the years, with all too infrequent visits. I saw him perform once at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival after he retired--a glorious moment!

Other vignettes throughout the years of Gordon and Betty keep churning through my mind. Too many to write about; but I treasure the memories and the passing thoughts.

Gordon, thank you so much for everything--your kindness, compassion and belief in me and for all our laughs and good times together. You truly are one of the finest people I have ever met, and my fortune abounds with your presence in my life.

John Ovrutsky

All my best to Betty, Maurya and family.
John Ovrutsky
November 6, 2014
I don't know why I thought about Gordon today, but I did. And I learned of his death. I have thought of him fondly and often over the years. I will never forget serving with him on a task force to redesign the curriculum at F&M. While we all dithered about requirements and what students should know, he asserted that until a person hunts, kills, butchers a deer and then cooks the venison, she or he didn't know life. Gordon, I'll always remember your wisdom, kindness, integrity, and humor. Go we'll.
October 27, 2014
One of my mentors at Powell High School. Macbeth, King Lear, Androcles and the Lion to mention a few. A man even bigger than his stature. So blessed to have learned and worked for him in many productions.
Hub Hart
October 5, 2014
Gordon, you were a great colleague and friend. I have missed seeing you ever since you retired to your beloved Colorado, but now it's hard to imagine that we will not see you ever again.

Betty, my deepest condolences.

In sorrow,
Angela
Angela Jeannet
October 5, 2014
I was actually a student at Franklin and Marshall and took Gordon Wickstrom's Shakespeare class. To this day I attribute my love of Shakespeare to what and how he taught us.

Michael J. Silfen
Michael Silfen
October 1, 2014
Gordon Wickstrom was the most complete person I ever knew. I have always been greatful for the influence he had on me at Powell High School.
Gordon, I forgive you for casting me as The Cow in the play 'Noah'. The world is a much better place because of all the people that you touched.
Worth Christie
September 30, 2014
I read with sadness of Gordon's passing earlier today. My office was next door to his in Keiper Hall when I first arrived as a young French professor at Franklin & Marshall in 1986. I have fond memories of my office neighbor, who would appear in my door - sometimes to present me with freshly brewed tea in an elegant porcelain cup - and then step in to recite a sonnet. It was just the thing to uplift the spirits, and I have never forgotten those gracious moments. I often pass Gordon's image in the lobby of the new theater, Roschel, and pause to smile at him (and Ed, whom I also knew). I send my heartfelt condolences to family and friends, and say thank you to Gordon again for the tea and sonnets.
Lisa Gasbarrone
September 27, 2014
Great men sometimes appear in unexpected places. I discovered a "presence" when I was taken with my 5th grade school class to see a Powell High School dress rehearsal of Gordon's production of Wilder's "Our Town" in 1952. That play without sets, acted with measured - almost professional - intensity by high school students, opened my mind to a whole new perception of possibilities in art and life. His productions always drew astonishing performances from students. I think his work must represent a high point in the history of educational theater in America. Who else would have thought of doing "Murder in the Cathedral" with students in a small town in provincial Wyoming? He never played down to some so-called teen-age level or relevance, but lifted all of us up to be aware of and share passionately in the great on-going achievements of culture and civilization. He also had an extraordinary capacity to be interested and active in helping many of us as individuals in the Real World. I learned from him many years later that when I was returning to Powell after four years in a boarding school in the east (I was 15 then), my mother approached him to say I would need a friend and could he help. He performed that task ever after - as I know he did for many others. He once overheard a well-meaning lady say to me, "Your years in high school will be the best in your life." A few minutes later, as soon as he could get me alone, he leaned down (he was toweringly tall and I'm not), put his hands on my shoulders, looked me in the eye, and said, "Don't you believe that for a minute!" His influence permeates everything I've ever done. His high school drama and literature classes live on in my mind. In 2005, when a theater piece I'd written was to be performed in Essen, Germany, I suddenly discovered that he'd taught me in those classes how to prepare a production book! And much earlier, during the down-time summer of 1961 in Powell, he pitched in to direct a small chamber opera I was writing based on a text by Gertrude Stein. For our purposes, he mobilized the professionally equipped theater he'd arranged for the high school (now tragically demolished), built the sets, inspired the brilliant local cast, and kept me going. He several times asked me for theater music for plays he was doing (Obey's "Noah", "Twelfth Night", "She stoops to Conquer", etc.). In 1999, he sent me a poem he'd written. He was preparing a book on fly fishing (his other passion as everyone knows), and like the Walton book he wanted to include a song. It's in his "Notes from an Old Fly Book" (the poem and music can be found on p.150 and following). That he asked for it to be sung at his Memorial Service is for me an inexpressible honor. I'm happy to remember wonderful visits with him and Betty not only later in Powell, but also at Stanford, Franklin Marshall, and in the past summers also in Boulder. I swim in an ocean of memories which overwhelm me (and many people) with a sense of loss. But also I feel profound gratitude for his generous, exemplary, and achieved life. To paraphrase words from Cocteau's text for Stravinsky's "Oedipus Rex": Adieu, Gordon. You are loved.

John Patrick Thomas, Hamburg, Germany
John Patrick Thomas
September 26, 2014
John Patrick Thomas
September 26, 2014
Gordon often spoke of the Compleat Angler when in fact he was the very one and same. For me, he also was the embodiment of A Man for All Seasons. Always the Gentleman, I loved as much his critical witticisms, perennial good humor, historical perspectives and enthusiasm for knowledge which he passionately shared. He never tried to be something other than his talented self. He simply was as unique an individual as I'll ever know. Thank you Gordon for having opinions, speaking them and writing them in your newsletters, blogs and books.
He personalized both of his books for me. In his first, " Notes from an Old Fly Book ", he wrote: " for dear Court, with gratitude for his encouragement & friendship, in a real sense, ten years ago, a father of this book. Affectionately , G.W., Dec 15,2001 "
This was the way of Gordon. To offer acknowledgements when it was he who was the doer. These books reside with some fine cane where I can get at them at will. We will fish the River Over Yonder some day together.
Love and condolences to you Betty. You were and remain the love of his life.
Court Dixon
September 25, 2014
John Cordsen
September 25, 2014
The triumverate of Gordon, Hugh and Ed are together again...what an amazing Theatre heaven has to offer now. Gordon's passion, intelligence, and love for his students and the written and performed word will always be an inspiration to me. Thank you sir. Best to the family.
September 25, 2014
In my childhood in Powell, Wyoming “Gordon Wickstrom” was a character of mythic proportions, having folded the community into his dazzling embrace, then strode on over the horizon. What a delight to have sought out our friend 50 years later and found the same indefatigable engagement with life, contagious interest, and powerful intellect beloved by my home long ago. Gordon, we will miss you, but will view fishing and streams, an elegantly-crafted phrase, the morning frost on a pheasant-pregnant corn field, a well-designed anything, the myriad splendors of life, more brightly for your tutelage. Thanks!
Bern Hinckley
September 25, 2014
Ah yes, Gordon was such a standout in our Boulder High School class of 1944! He was tall, blond and handsome and always ready to say exactly what the occasion called for! Now he's gone and I will just miss knowing that he is there, fishing or writing clever letters to the editor.
Janet (Ridsdale)Justice-Waddington
September 25, 2014
Gordon had more enthusiasm in his 80s than I had at half that age, not to mention a greater appreciation of language and literature than I'll ever have. And on top of that he was an old school gentleman and the last surviving Victorian fly fisherman. Everyone who knew him will miss him
John Gierach
September 25, 2014
Your Lear is forever and always my Lear, through more than thirty years of teaching. Rick Taylor, class of 1980
September 24, 2014
Dearest Gordon - the memories I still carry of you, Ed and Hugh and my days in the Green Room have led me to being a college theatre professor myself - you all inspired me and still do - may you all rest in the peaceful, blessed memories of we your students - Peace
Anna Andes '84
September 23, 2014
It was a blessing, not fully realized at the time, to know Gordon as a teacher and director in my student days at F&M. With the passage of many years I came to understand the great value of all I learned---not just about drama and the theatre, but of life and the passions that underlie all that has meaning---from a man who jumped from Shakespeare to fishing to smoking cigarettes on deck in long and monotonous hours of waiting onboard ship in the war, all in the space of a break in rehearsal. I am grateful to have known such a man, to have learned from him, performed for him, and most of all to have taken his counsel as a young man. Go now, sir, to that undiscovered country, and bless it as you blessed this one.
John Kim Kleimo
September 23, 2014
And I hope your grandson still likes the burgundy cowboy hat.
Linda Gustafson
September 23, 2014
My American dialect is purer for the year spent working with you in the Other Room. You went for the meaty, gutsy stuff...Checkov...Irish heroes like Cuchulain...The Jeweler's Shop...who knew that our Pope was a playwright? I did...working with you. I feel so privileged to have known you in those times. My heartfelt condolences to all who love you and miss you, but I can feel nothing but joy for you in your Paradise - where actors never forget their lines or are late for rehearsal, the fishing line never snarls, and the trout are sleek, tasty and almost but not QUITE as wily as YOU! Hugs always, Gordon - we were lucky to know you. It was a darned good run. <3 <3 <3 - Olga of Three Sisters
Linda Gustafson
September 23, 2014
It's a sad day for all of Boulder that one of our own past away on September 18th. Gordon Wickstrom was 88 and was a native Boulderite who lead a full and storied life across many rivers.

We all knew Gordon, “as one” with the English language, and he was forever fun to be around. When he and his wife, Betty, moved back to Boulder after his retirement, Gordon became a Boulder Flycaster and was a member until his death. Gordon wrote two angling books; “Notes from an Old Fly Book” and “Late in an Angler's Life”. I had Gordon sign both my copies. He made many contributions to the distinguished The American Fly Fisher, which is the journal of the American Museum Fly Fishing.

Gordon was the only one I ever knew that could tie a fly without a vice and he demonstrated it to me on more than one occasion . . . Amazing! Gordon just loved to fish and his uncle gave him a bamboo fly rod as his first fishing rod. He just loved to fly fish and his books showed that, and we shared one lake that he called ghost lake just north of Boulder . . . the lake dried up in the late '60's making it true to its name. The DOW stocked it for a number of years and my dad took me there often.

Gordon was a collector of all things fishing. He was the first person I went to when the Boulder Library asked Boulder Flycasters Board to prepare a history of fly fishing in the Boulder area. He contributed so many interesting fishing items that we weren't able to show everything. Gordon got into the internet with his monthly and/or weekly blogs the Boulder Creek Angler. If you go to: http://bouldercreekangler.blogspot.com he posted his last essay, “The Fisherman” written on September 5, 2014. In it he wrote on . . . “all matters of art, life, love and angling” and I believe he lived by those words.

If one could describe Gordon's life, it would be about a full a life as anyone I have ever known. I bet he and Betty got more out of the 88 years than anyone could have ever imagined. I will miss that guy and will never forget him as long as I live!
Bob Bush
September 23, 2014
Our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to you, Betty, and your family.

Mark & Linnet Mathewson
Mark & Linnet Mathewson
September 23, 2014
I read about the passing away of Gordon in the wee morning hours of 9/24 while staying at an airport hotel in Taiwan. In less than 10 hours I shall fly to Shanghai where my translation and production of "Tuesdays with Morrie" will make its 9th visit to that city, and the son of Morrie Schwartz will be there attending the performances and conducting, with me translating, the Q and A sessions after the show.

I was instrumental in bringing Gordon to Colorado Shakespeare Festival playing the lead in "King Lear." And what a powerful and magnificent Lear he has shown us! He was the one who taught me fly fishing, but I was a poor student. But the vest I am wearing now was his used one which is still fine but needs mending. Some of the flies in my box were tied by him, and I was his avid reader of every issue of "Boulder Creek Fisherman" and "Boulder Creek Actor." He will be greatly missed!

I wrote to Gordon two weeks ago when I first heard about his illness. That long email was not answered as expected. I wonder if Betty has read it. I had house guests at that time, and my brother and his wife was coming next staying with us for a week. They left only three days ago. Nevertheless I offered to visit him upon my return from Shanghai and Taipei in early October. It is too late now!

I wish Betty would read this hastily sent message. I would have attended the service if I could be physically available in the States.

Daniel S. P. Yang
2014/9/24
Daniel S. P. Yang
September 23, 2014
Gordon gave great pleasure to all who knew him, worked with him, and saw and heard him act. I was thinking of totemic animals appropriate to Gordon. A bear fishing salmon first came to mind but quickly disappeared into the forest. I looked again and a snowy egret, with glorious plumage and bright eyes fished quietly, astutely and then flew up on magnificent wings to the blue sky with a resounding and triumphant call.
Chuck Squier
September 23, 2014
Gordon was such a great character. The voice, physical stature and intellectual tone of his conversion demanded attention in any room he entered. Men like him are not easily replaced. I miss him already.
Ken Moran
September 23, 2014
Gordon Wickstrim was the light of my Drama life at school and I can hardly believe he's gone. All my love and knowledge of drama came from his insight and direction. He selection of me to play Femmy Evans in the George Bernard Shaw western "The Shewing up of Blanco Posnet" was one of the thrills of my life and a humbling moment. I will always remeber his firm words"Tell the story", this was a play he loved and I loved to see the excitment in his eyes as he shared with us a new idea. In short to be under his tutelage was magic. Just thinking of him directing brings a warm smile to my heart and tempers the the saddness I feel at his passing. To the family I send my heartfelt condolences and rest assured many a F&M student has a heavy heart at his lost. May God bless you and keep you during your time of sorrow.

Sincerely, Vicki A. Taylor '80
Vicki Taylor
September 23, 2014
"The best fishing begins and ends with an idea." No better words have been spoken or written about our fly fishing passion. Rest well and often Gordon with all of the Complete Flyfisherman who have preceded your journey. I will truly miss you as a friend.
September 23, 2014
5 years ago a pice on fishing came up in my daily reads. It was a nice writeup by Gordon on the Daily Camera. I reached out to him and we started exchanging messages. A year later I got to meet him and his wife in person, 3 years after that I moved to Boulder and we had the privilege of spending some time with him. He was our adopted grandfather here in town and we cherished our times with him and Betty. I'm very saddened by losing him, and for his family's loss. You will be missed Gordon.
Daniel Galhardo
September 23, 2014
John Ives
September 23, 2014
I always enjoyed Gordon Wickstom's beautifully written columns on fishing (and other matters) for the Daily Camera. As someone who formerly taught Shakespeare at C.U., I appreciated his passion for Shakespeare and how he maintained it even after retiring from university teaching. Certainly he wore his years well: not many "yellow leaves" were in evidence, and certainly he showed more "fire" than "ashes"! (Sonnet 73). Always he was dignified and gracious, and quite recently I was pleased to encounter him at filmed performances of "Live at the Metropolitan Opera." Gordon Wickstrom will be missed.

--Joan Lord Hall
September 22, 2014
I was so lucky that my first acting experience was with Gordon Wickstrom. It was a magical experience. My condolences to his wife and family.
Bill Clark, Jr. F&M '82
September 22, 2014
My first introduction to Shakespeare was when I took English lit at PHS. Dr. Wickstrom jumped up on his desk and in his large voice said "Out you vile mass of jelly" from King Lear as he pretended to gouge out his eyes.

Dr. Wickstrom was memorable and the best teacher I've ever studied from. He encouraged creative and critical thinking. Had it not been for his teaching, I would never have been blessed with an appreciation for English and Drama.

Joni Cozzens, PHS, class of 1965
September 22, 2014
Gordon Wickstrom was one of a kind. The F&M community was lucky to have him - he will be sorely missed.
Nicole Teillon Riegl
September 22, 2014
Good night sweet prince and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

Carol Frank
Class of 66
September 22, 2014
Rest In Peace my very dear friend. I'm going to miss you so much Gordon. I am so very grateful that I got to share the Altona Grange Hall with you. Thank you for championing my work. My prayers are with Betty and the rest of the family.
Donlyn Arbuthnot
September 22, 2014
It's all upstream from here. We'll miss you Gordon.
Sally Brady
September 22, 2014
What a wonderful teacher. Many a good times at Powell High School. He will be remembered always. Thanks, Mr. Wickstrom for everything you taught us. God Bless---Shirley Benson
Shirley Benson`
September 22, 2014
Gordon was one of those extremely rare faculty members who could make an indelible mark on a young mind. He could excite -- and move -- even the most uncurious of students (though the line was long for those who vied for his classes...). I treasure my one semester of Shakespeare at his hands, acting out each part, vibrating each sonnet, physically dancing each movement of Richard or MacBeth on his classroom stage. So many people he touched, and sparked lifelong love, or inspired toward a career. I suspect he has now commenced entertaining on the biggest (and highest?) stage of them all!
Larry Link
September 22, 2014
I can still hear that symphony of a voice and see the twinkle in his eyes when he stood before the class to read one of his favorite passages. He challenged me to think, he taught me discipline, he showed me diversity. He made the world for young people a better experience.
Steve Blood
September 22, 2014
What an honor it was to learn from Dr. Wickstrom. Not just about Drama (with a capital D), but about experiencing life to its fullest... appreciating the drama and poetry in every thing at every moment. Thanks, Gordon, for illuminating the hidden beauty all around us and for teaching us how to think.

Dan Tucker
F&M Class of 1987
Gaithersburg, Maryland
September 21, 2014
Our thoughts are with you and your family Betty. I'll always have such fond memories of Gordon's wit, wisdom, and kindness. You were such wonderful neighbors for many years. We will miss Gordon. And we are so sorry for your loss.
John and Carol Hoeffler
September 21, 2014
My extreme condolences to Betty and the family. I will always cherish my memories of Gordon during my school years in Powell. He was a consummate teacher, mentor and friend to all we fledgling thespians.
Del Huggins
September 21, 2014
Mr. Wickstrom was a very imporant part of my life. I had the unique priveldge to have him direct me in many plays. The memories I still share to this day. What a wonderful man! Linda Pendley, class of 1962 Powell high school.
September 21, 2014
I will miss his joy of life, his love of family and friends, humbleness from that great booming voice and breakfast together at Lucile's.
Frank Bigelow
September 21, 2014
As I read Shakespeare's 73rd sonnet, I heard Gordon's sonorous voice reading it with me. I first met Gordon when I became a member of the Shakespeare Oratorio Society, and found that we shared interests in fly fishing and national and international issues as well which we periodically discussed over coffee. Gordon's column, his books and his blog on fly fishing, old Boulder, and the philosophy of life were beautifully written in his distinctive style, for he was a very stylish gentleman. He was a friend whose friendship I will both treasure and miss.

Jim Wolf
Jim Wolf
September 21, 2014
I regret not having the opportunity to say goodbye to Gordon. I will miss his shining light. Suzan Grenier (Powell High School class of '65)
September 21, 2014
Happy memories of the high school plays in Powell. It was good to be expected to produce and to be able to fulfill that expectation. Prayers for the Wickstrom family and peace.
Brooke Patterson
September 21, 2014
In the curious world of college theater programs, Gordon was at once mentor, friend, family, and fellow player. He effortlessly combined a majestic presence and a homespun folksiness. It was an honor to be guided by him on my journey through the drama department at Franklin and Marshall from 1974 to 1978. As a freshman, I had the unforgettable privilege of standing next to his King Lear as a devoted Fool in the Green Room Theatre. I wish Betty, Maurya, Linnea and their families a lifetime of comforting memories.
Jerome Moskowitz
September 21, 2014
He was my absolute favorite teacher! I had him for 2 classes my senior year,and he was that positive influence every person needs! One play with him taught me to work hard and enjoy what I did! He has always been in one of my best memories. So sorry you lost him, but happy you were lucky enough to have him He will live on. I will keep you all in my prayers. He was unique!!!!!!!
Dawn Gilbert
September 21, 2014
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