Glen E. Gordon, a prize-winning chemist and professor at the University of Maryland, died Monday of pneumonia at a hospital in Washington. He was 56.
Services for Dr. Gordon were being held today at Northwood Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring. A service also will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel on the university's College Park campus.
He joined the College Park faculty in 1969 and became known first for studies in nuclear fission and then for his use of nuclear techniques of chemical analysis to identify air pollutants.
The American Chemical Society gave him an award in 1977 for nuclear applications in chemistry and had chosen him for an award this year for creative advances in environmental science and technology.
He was co-author of a college textbook on environmental chemistry and also a program for high school use.
The Washington Academy of Sciences gave him an award for science teaching in colleges, and he also received awards for faculty excellence in teaching and advising in the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
He was acting associate dean of the Graduate School for Research, acting director of the Maryland Water Resources Research Center and a member of the executive committee of the Campus Senate.
Born in Keokuk, Iowa, and reared in West Point, Ill., he was a graduate of the University of Illinois and earned his doctorate in nuclear chemistry at the University of California at Berkeley under Nobel Prize winner Glenn T. Seaborg.
He taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before joining the Maryland faculty.
Besides the American Chemical Society, he belonged to the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
Dr. Gordon also was an elder at the Northwood Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Constance Herreshoff; a daughter, Christine Gordon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a son, Karl Gordon of Annapolis; his mother, Sara Gordon of Gaithersburg; and two grandchildren.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Glen Gordon Memorial Scholarship that has been established at the UM College of Life Sciences.