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Gordon, Dane, -2020

 Person

biographical statement

Dane Gordon is RIT's historian. He wrote the first edition of RIT's history in 1982 which included the history from it's beginning in 1829 through 1982. The second edition includes the first edition but brings it up to the current date, adding 1983-2006. Born in London, Professor Gordon became active in theater and writing poetry and served with the Royal Navy during World War II. After the war, he studied at the University of Cambridge, the University of London, and the University of Rochester, receiving degrees in history, divinity, and philosophy. He became associate minister at Central Presbyterian Church, in the building that now houses Hochstein School of Music. His career with RIT began when he was asked to fill in for a philosophy professor, and he soon was invited to join the faculty. Over his career, he coordinated international conferences on philosophy, traveled to more than 40 countries, and wrote and edited books on philosophy, the philosophy of religion, political thought, and Old Testament studies, in addition to two editions of the history of RIT. In 1997, he earned the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, RIT’s highest honor for teaching. He was active in the Genesee Valley Presbytery for more than 50 years and had published several books of poetry, dealing largely with the interaction of philosophical thinking and religious thought. Professor Gordon retired from RIT in 2000 having served at a professor of philosophy, department chair, and acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts. In 2014, he and his wife, Judith, committed $300,000 from their estate plans to create The Dane R. Gordon Endowed Fund for Philosophy Student Success. The fund aids students conducting research and scholarship leading to the completion of their philosophy degree, supports philosophy students pursuing academic internships that further their professional and career goals, and supports the Dane R. Gordon Lecture Series in the Department of Philosophy that hosts distinguished philosophy scholars who address the RIT and Rochester communities. In 2016, the Dane R. Gordon Seminar Room in Liberal Arts Hall was dedicated to him. Dane Gordon passed away on January 22, 2020 at the age of 94.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Collection on Robert McFarlane -William A. Kern Professor in Communications

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: RITArc-0539
Overview A collection of eight audiocassette tapes documenting the speeches of Robert McFarlane who visited RIT in 1986 and twice in 1987 as the William A. Kern Professor in Communications. Also included in the collection is correspondence, clippings, and articles about his lectures.
Dates: 1984-1987

Dane Gordon papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0241
Overview The Dane Gordon papers contain interview notes, typewritten manuscripts, galley proofs, and research material used in the creation of Gordon's book, Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City.
Dates: circa 1978-2005

RIT Philosophy Department records

 Collection
Identifier: RITArc-0515
Overview Records of the RIT Philosophy Department in the College of Liberal Arts from 1985-2008. The collection includes meeting minutes, correspondence, course descriptions, curriculum planning, faculty issues, statistics, Hale Chair history, and conference papers.
Dates: 1985-2008

Timothy Leary lecture digital audio recording

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0615
Overview Audio recording of the lecture given by Timothy Leary at Rochester Institute of Technology on April 8, 1967. The collection includes one digital audio file of the lecture.
Dates: April 8, 1967

Voices of the ROC project oral history interviews and photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0600
Overview Voices of the ROC Project oral history interviews and photographs contains The City in History: Rochester syllabus, 20 digital photos of the interview groups with their interviewee, and eight digital audio files of the interviews. The project involved small groups of students interviewing Rochesterians who also work at RIT, about their memories of the city, their experiences, and their sense of the changes in the city over time.
Dates: May 5, 2015