William J. Gordon, 90, of Louisville, died Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at Treyton Oak Healthcare Center. He was born August 1, 1913, in Southport, NC, the only child of Evelyn Frink Gordon and William J. Gordon Sr. He received his BS degree from North Carolina A&T College, masters degree from Atlanta University, advanced studies certificate from New York University and completed further graduate work at the University of Colorado and Yale University. As an educator and school administrator, Mr. Gordon's career encompassed 42 years of distinguished service. He taught and was a high school principal in Georgia (1936-1942), an instructor at Alabama State University (1947-1959) and was the Dean of Men and Director of Student Teaching at Barber Scotia College in North Carolina (1959- 1963). Mr. Gordon then came to Kentucky State University as Dean of Men, assistant professor of education and coordinator of student teaching (1963- 1966). He was principal of Brandeis Elementary School (1966-1978) in Louisville. He retired in 1978. Mr. Gordon was a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, the Fraternal Order of Masons and the Jefferson County Retired Teachers Association. He was awarded lifetime memberships in the NAACP, the Kentucky PTA and was an Honorary Trustee of the Kentucky Boy Scouts of America. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Catherine Blackwell Gordon; cousins, Sam H. Frink, Nettie F. Ivy and Ernest Swain; sisters-in-law, Virginia Todd and Dorothy Pumphrey; and special friend, George Ockerhausen. The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at A.D. Porter & Sons, 1300 W. Chestnut St., with burial in Lebanon (KY) National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Capital Campaign Fund at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.
Published by Courier-Journal from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2004.