Alexander Gordon IV dies at 59

Bankruptcy attorney and author

May 21, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Alexander Gordon IV, a bankruptcy attorney and author, died May 10 at his Easton home. He was 59.

According to Walter B. Gunby, a Cambridge attorney and Mr. Gordon's personal and legal representative, the cause of death was arteriosclerosis.

Mr. Gordon, whose father had been a banker and executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association, was born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton.

He was a descendant of Col. George Armistead, defender of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

After graduating from Gilman School in 1968, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Oberlin College in 1972. He was a 1973 graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976 and a master's degree in psychology in 2000 from Washington College in Chestertown.

From 1977 to 1981 he was a member of the Baltimore law firm of Niles, Barton & Wilmer.

Since 1981, Mr. Gordon had been in private practice in Easton, where he specialized in bankruptcy and foreclosure law, and served as a panel trustee for the U.S. Trustee Program.

He was a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and had been a member and president of the Talbot County Bar Association. He was presented the Outstanding Contribution to the Bar Award by both.

Mr. Gordon wrote eight books on bankruptcy law and lectured widely on the subject.

In an autobiographical sketch, Mr. Gordon wrote that his books could be "helpful to people who can't afford a lawyer" and added that "at the end of the day, you hope that there's something useful you leave behind."

He was a former member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, and had been a member and usher at Christ Episcopal Church in Easton.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. May 29 at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Road, Easton.

Surviving are two sons, Alexander A. Gorman of Baltimore and William Byrd Gordon of Boston; and two sisters, Ann McKim Gordon Phillips of Towson and Agnes Gordon Stark of Memphis. His 1971 marriage to Powel Byrd Gorman ended in divorce.

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