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Services to be Held for Colorado College Professor Emeritus Joseph Gordon

Joseph Gordon, professor emeritus of English, died Nov. 19 in Colorado Springs. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 at Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave.
Gordon joined the Colorado College English department in 1964 and retired in 1994. During that time he was instrumental in the creation and development of the Southwest Studies Program, which he directed from 1984 to 1992. Gordon was an avid outdoorsman, sportsman, and carpenter, and those interests merged in the building of "his dream ranch in the Arkansas Valley of southern Colorado." Construction of the ranch was in part the inspiration for his eco-mystery novel "Spirit Bears," published in 2008.
Gordon is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane; son Brian (wife Jean and stepson Adam McCormick) of Bloomington, Ind.; daughter Mary Pat Higgins (husband Tom) of Durango; son Michael of Denver; and granddaughter Nataly Higgins of Durango.
A reception will follow Friday's service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southwest Studies Program at Colorado College or Pikes Peak Hospice.

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