TROY – Gordon Wayne Brown, 75, former principal of Turnpike Elementary Schooldied peacefully on Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Community Hospice of Rensselaer County at St. Marys Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Lorraine, New York on May 12, 1937, he was the son of the late Kellogg Brown and Helen Ansted Brown and loving husband of 48 years to SuzannBrown.
Raised and educated in Adams Center, New York he was a graduate of Adams Center High School in 1954. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958 doing active duty in Korea. He enrolled in SUNY Cortland and graduated in 1962. Gordie began his teaching career in Lansingburgh as a 6th grade teacher. During that time, he served as assistant football coach and helped bring the Burgh team to an undefeated season. In 1970, he was named principal of Whipple, Whipple Annex and Pleasantdale Schools. In 1973, the district released him from the principalship to coordinate the Bond Issue for two new elementary schools (Turnpike and Rensselaer Park). Gordon served as the first principal at Turnpike Elementary School. He loved his job, his students and his staff. His basic rule was the kids always will come first. Gordie was appointed the New York State representative to the National Elementary Association of Principals from 1985 to 1990. While in this capacity, he was awarded the Laurel M. Pennock Award for 1981 to 1982. In 1985, he was awarded the T. Walsh McQuillian Memorial Award for the outstanding Elementary Principal of New York State. In 1986, he was awarded a special recognition award for achievements in education and service to Region 6 SAANYS. During the time Gordies son, Geoffrey was involved in baseball, he served as little league manager and independent league coach. He was treasurer of the little league and during this time he set up a scholarship fund for a graduate of little league. Gordon became a charter member of the Lansingburgh Kiwanis in 1982, serving as president from 1987-88. During this time he was involved with formation of the Youth Soccer Program. In 1988, he was awarded the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Award for service to the community. He became very active in the American Red Cross and served as a volunteer in New York City immediately following 9/11.
Gordon and Suzann spent many vacations with their dear friends the Millers from Tonawanda and Goetzmanns from Honeoye. Gordie was an avid reader and became special friends with the wonderful staff at the Waterford Public Library. In the final days, Gordie began the task of organizing a reunion in 2014 for his SUNY Cortland fraternity Delta Kappa. Gordie was a very special person who loved every aspect of life. Gordon faced death as he lived his life with optimism and curiosity and humor. Gordon served as the United Methodist Church Board Member and later became a member of The Cornerstone Community Church, Lansingburgh. He was an avid New York Giants fan and the Cardinal Baseball team
Survivors in addition to his wife, Suzann of 48 years, include his daughter Loree Elizabeth Brown of Troy, his son Geoffrey William Brown (Melissa) of Pembroke Pines, Florida, two grandchildren Christie Blake Brown and Jensen Nicole Brown, great grandson Maddon McMurtry, a brother Ronald Brown (Patricia), a sister Betty Duquette, beloved sister in law Kit Fisher and several nieces and nephews.
Gordon was predeceased by his brother Gerald Brown.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Cornerstone Community Churchof Lansingburgh, with Pastor E. Allen Siebold officiating.
Cremation will take place at Gardner Earl Crematorium.
Calling hours will be held at the Cornerstone Community Church, 570 Third Avenue, Lansingburgh from 9:00 a.m. to11:00 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service.
Burial will take place at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers donations in Gordons memory may be made to the Herman Melville House C/O Lansingburgh Historical Society, P.O. Box 219 Lansingburgh, NY 12182, or Rensselaer County ARC, c/o Hanns Meissner, 79 – 102nd St., Troy, NY 12182.
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