National Institute on Aging

In Memoriam: Milton A. Gordon, 1935-2017

Milton A. Gordon, who served for more than 20 years as president of California State University, Fullerton, died on April 18 after a long illness. He was 81 years old.

Dr. Gordon was a graduate of Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He held a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Before coming to California in 1986 to become vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University, Dr. Gordon directed the Afro-American studies program at Loyola University of Chicago and was dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University.

Dr. Gordon was named president of California State University in 1990. During his 22-year tenure, enrollments increased from 25,600 to more than 36,000. Thirteen new academic programs were established and 22 building were constructed on campus.


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  1. Everett Glenn says:

    Peace be with Dr. Gordon’s surviving family and friends. He was a great man and leader
    who will be sorely missed.

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