Deceased April 26, 2020

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In Memory

Jeffrey Gordon died on April 26, 2020, in Glen Cove, Long Island, N.Y., from complications due to coronavirus. At Amherst, he was named an Honors Scholar in biology under training grants from the National Institutes of Health in the field of genetics. He was a member of the varsity crew and swimming teams; of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society; and of Alpha Delta Phi. He graduated with honors.

Jeff graduated with honors from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1965, followed by an internship at Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Duke University Medical Center and a fellowship in endocrinology at the NYU School of Medicine. Jeff served in the U.S. Air Force on the Berry Plan as a physician during the Vietnam War. He received a two-year endocrine research fellowship at the Veterans Administration in Newington, Conn. He had been in a private endocrinology practice in Glen Cove since 1972.

Jeff had many interests. He was a passionate reader of nonfiction. He enjoyed swimming, woodworking (especially faceplate turning), underwater photography, scuba diving, skiing and world travel. He enjoyed his occasional stogie as well. In his older years, he enjoyed ballroom dancing.

Jeff is survived by his wife, Marie, whom he married in 1969; and two children, Julian ’91, a plastic surgeon, and Deborah, employed by Publishers Clearing House.

Jeff’s favorite lines by Robert Frost, quoted in his obituary, were “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— / I took the one less traveled by / And that has made all the difference.”

Ted Ells ’61