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Lucius ‘Bob’ Gordon, longtime RIT benefactor, dies

Lucius “Bob” Gordon, whose relationship with RIT spanned seven decades, died April 28, 2008, at age 95. Mr. Gordon and his late wife, Marie “Tony” Gordon, were the major benefactors of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, completed in 2004.

Mr. Gordon became a member of the RIT Board of Trustees in 1975. Born in Brockport, N.Y., Mr. Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Yale University. In  1937, Mr. Gordon joined his brother, Fred, to lead the Mixing Equipment Co. (MIXCO). The businessmen turned to Mechanics Institute, RIT’s forerunner, to provide machinists, lab technicians, chemists and co-op students. Fred Gordon, who pre-deceased his brother, was a longtime trustee of both Mechanics Institute and RIT.

Lucius Gordon, who retired as MIXCO chairman of the board, continued his affiliation with RIT into the 21st century. His numerous gifts include funding for the Student Life Center’s Marie and Lucius R. Gordon administrative wing and the crew team’s “Bob Gordon” shell. In 1999, RIT conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters on Mr. Gordon in recognition of his professional success and contributions.