Walter Marks Gordon, 85

FBI special agent, World War II Navy veteran

June 15, 2007

Walter Marks Gordon, a retired FBI agent and longtime Towson resident, died of sepsis Saturday at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. He was 85.

Mr. Gordon, the son of a farmer, was born and raised in Pulaski, Tenn. He was a 1942 graduate of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski and enlisted in the Navy the next year.

He was a pharmacist's mate aboard the Army transport Hunter Liggett in the Pacific during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946.

In 1946, he was appointed an FBI special agent and was a fingerprint and accounting expert in the Baltimore field office for 30 years. He retired as a supervisor in 1977.

Because of his expertise, he taught fingerprinting for many years at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., and to law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Mr. Gordon, who lived in the Chatterleigh neighborhood of Towson, enjoyed walking through his neighborhood. He was an avid Orioles fan.

"For the last 12 years, he has cared for his wife of 60 years, the former Doris Marian Airaksinen, who has suffered from Alzheimer's disease," said a son, Barry W. Gordon of Timonium.

Mr. Gordon was a member of Towson United Methodist Church, where services were held Wednesday.

Also surviving are five other sons, Stephen M. Gordon of Washington, Dennis B. Gordon of Greenbelt, Donald A. Gordon of Hampstead, Jeffrey L. Gordon of Bel Air and Bradley L. Gordon of Natoma, Kan.; a daughter, Julie Anne Neal of Laurel; a brother, Robert G. Gordon of Pulaski; a sister, Jo Gordon Rudd of Pulaski; and 10 grandchildren.

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