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A woman of many talents and passions, Vee Shawver Gordon gave much to Wichita State

Vee Shawver Gordon
Vee Shawver Gordon

Vee Shawver Gordon accomplished much in her life. She was a pilot. She spent 25 years in the banking industry. And she was well-known to her friends and clients as a talented interior decorator.

She was also a philanthropist, a person who once told an interviewer that supporting education was one of her passions. Mrs. Gordon did just that at Wichita State University, contributing a generous gift in 2000 to establish the Marvin J. (Jerry) Gordon Distinguished Professorship in Engineering in memory of her late husband. She also created the Vee Gordon Music Scholarship for students in WSU’s music theater program.

Mrs. Gordon died on May 24 surrounded by her family. She was 92.

In 2006, the WSU Foundation presented Mrs. Gordon with the Fairmount Founders’ Award for her support of WSU, which also included contributions to the president’s home renovation project and the College of Engineering. Jerry Gordon was an aerospace engineer who also taught classes at Wichita State. Mrs. Gordon had another family connection to WSU; her daughter-in-law, Martha Shawver, served Wichita State for more than 35 years before retiring in 2011 as senior associate provost.

Mrs. Gordon was a life member of the WSU Alumni Association and a Fairmount Society Life member. She is survived by her sons, Herbert and Kent, who is married to Martha Shawver, as well as a grandson.

Mrs. Gordon’s life was celebrated with a memorial service and organ concert on the magnificent Marcussen Organ in Wiedemann Hall on May 29. The Vee Shawver Gordon Organ Fund was established through the WSU Foundation to accept memorial donations.