Gordon, Herbert Fairfield

July 11, 2004

On June 21, 2004, HERBERT FAIRFIELD GORDON, 73, of Woodlawn, Baltimore County died of cancer. Mr. Gordon was the son of Faith Fairchild Gordon, M.D. and Hugh Gordon, golf professional. The early years of his life were spent in Richmond, Virginia. After graduating from Washington and Lee University, he came to Maryland to teach high school English in Port Deposit. He soon found his love of literature was stronger than his love of teaching and he went to work as a film editor of the Milner Fenwick Company retiring from there in the late 1980's. Mr. Gordon was noted for his beautiful garden in Woodlawn. His neighbor, Doris Martin said, " I used to love to sit and talk to Herb while he was gardening. He had probably read a book on any topic you might bring up, and chances are he owned the book." Herb's garden was the neighborhood's delight for many years and contains unusual plants from around the world, which he collected and nurtured. Seventeen years ago while walking in Leakin Park he met Mary Lou Wolf, the founder of the Baltimore Herb Festival. On the spot Herb became one of the Charter Members of the Herb Festival Board, and helped make the Festival the Baltimore showcase it is today. Herb used his gardening skills to help select the "Crusader", "Apothecary" and other varieties of antique roses, which were planted at the restored Chapel on the Crimea Estate in Leakin Park. These roses, along with the other plantings at the Herb Garden were especially researched by Mr. Gordon to match the era when the estate was built. Visitors can still see these antique roses on Memorial Day weekend when the Festival takes place. Mr. Gordon was a parishioner at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Ten Hills, where he served as a vestryman, teller, member of the Property Committee and a volunteer at a shelter for homeless men in downtown Baltimore. His other interests included long-term membership in the Baltimore Opera Company, Center Stage, The Vagabond Theater and the Young Vic Players. He was an avid devotee of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Never married, Mr. Gordon is survived by his cousin Janet Fairfield Avery of Pearl River, New York, her sons, Harold and David and by another cousin John Bok of Boston Massachusetts. A Memorial Service is scheduled at St. Bartholomew Church, 4711 Edmondson Avenue on Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 11:00 A.M.

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