Hugh T Gordon

Profile Updated: June 18, 2011
Hugh T Gordon
Class of 1945
Residing In: Mapua New Zealand
Spouse/Partner: Shona Moon-Gordon
Children, Grandchildren: 6 Children (1950/1961)
3 Step Children
7 Grand-children
5 Great grand-children
Military Service: U.S. Navy  
Occupation: Retired
Yes! Attending Reunion
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

U.S. Navy
University of California (Berkely) Class of 1951
Glendora 1951-54, Citrus Ranch
Springville, Calif. 1954-1973, Citrus & Cattle Ranch
New Zealand 1973 to date (2009), Farming, Business etc.

Different places I have lived:

San Marino (to 1948), Glendora, Springville area (San Joaquin Valley), New Zealand (1973 to 2009)

Family history living in South Pasadena:

Born in So Pas on Laurel Street. Moved to San Marino in 1932. Attended Stoneman and Huntington grammer schools, So Pas Junior High and So Pas High to graduation 1945.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

Marion Gordon Mackey 1935
John Douglas Gordon 1937
Carolyn Ridenour Gordon 1939

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

D.E. (Bud) Vance 1945
Howard Topp 1945
Mary Johnson Coppock 1947
Winifred (Winkie) Haddon Lennihan 1946

School Memories:

Mr. Carpenter keeping an eye on the boys.
Coach Green throwing a wobbly during B team games.
Mr. Henry and the print shop. A lovely man and great mentor.
Miss Tupica and her sarcasm & great sense of humor.

Organizations, clubs, sports groups, and other groups I (did or do) participate in (in high school and/or now):

Masonic Lodge (Lodge Nelson 288, New Zealand)
Mapua & Districts Community Association
Mapua Community Library Committee
Nelson Guild of Woodworkers

Milestones & Epiphanies:

Too many to remember. A few quite sad. No if only's. A mixed life graced with good friends and good health.
A long and happy marriage of 33 years to my High School sweetheart Ruth Johnson (So Pas class of 1946) and our sad parting in 1982.
An ongoing happy marriage to my present wife Shona Moon-Gordon since 1985.
Each year of life presents new stuff to absorb add to a growing file of memories. The growth process goes on.

What's happening in my life now:

Retired from business activities for the present. Enjoying improving our 3 3/4 acre life style block overlooking Tasman Bay at the top (north) end of the South Island of New Zealand.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

Gardening and Wood Working. Reading.
Volunteer service in my local community.

Favorite Music, Songs, Bands

Classical, Jazz & Western

Favorite Books, Magazines, Movies, TV etc:

Natl. Geographic, NZ Listener, NZ Herald Daily, NY Times, Christian Science Monitor.
Mystery/Crime-Michael Connelly, Ruth Rendall, Donna Leon, James Lee Burke, etc.
Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Religion-John Selby Spong, Richard Dawkins, Lloyd Geering.
Cohen Bros. Movies
Antiques Road Show

Additional Comments:

Since 1945? Have to write a book to get it all in.

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