Raymond J. Gordon, 85, salesman

October 11, 2005

Raymond Jay Gordon, a retired Hecht Co. salesman and trustee of his brother's musical charity, died of pneumonia Sunday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Rodgers Forge resident was 85.

Born in Baltimore and raised on St. Paul Street in Charles Village, he was a 1938 graduate of City College. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he worked at the old Glenn L. Martin Co. aircraft factory in Middle River and then went into retail sales. He was a branch manager for the old Hochschild Kohn department store at Edmondson Village. He retired nearly 20 years ago from Hecht's after working in the menswear departments at the Northwood and Golden Ring stores.

Mr. Gordon also assisted in the management of real estate interests his family owned in Odenton.

With his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Alice Jean Kamber, Mr. Gordon had been a Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland volunteer for 14 years. He also drove seniors to medical appointments and to do their shopping as a member of Baltimore County's Home Team.

Mr. Gordon and his wife appeared as extras in productions filmed here: the movies Avalon and He Said, She Said, and the television drama Homicide: Life on the Street.

When an organization named for his brother and sister-in-law, the Peggy and Yale Gordon Charitable Trust, was organized in 1980, he was named to its board. He remained a trustee at his death. The trust sponsors classical music concerts.

He was a former member of Congregation Israel in Manchester, Vt., his wife's hometown.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Joel Evans Gordon of Masontown, W.Va.; and four grandchildren.

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