The Doris G. Gordon Lecture Series is named in honor of Doris Gilbert Gordon, a high school mathematics teacher and a friend of Denison. Newark attorney L. James Gordon (’50) and his sister, Janet Gordon Forbes (’55), established the Doris G. Gordon fund in memory of their mother who had a great love of mathematics.
Doris Gordon was a long time resident of Granville and wife of Leland J. Gordon who was a Denison professor of economics. Mrs. Gordon earned a B.A. in mathematics from Swarthmore College and an M.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to being a high school teacher in Pennsylvania and Ohio, she was an instructor in the V-12 Program at Denison in World War II and was later associated with Owens-Corning in a research capacity. Mrs. Gordon also provided her husband with mathematical and statistical data that he used in numerous textbooks.
Here are just a few notable speakers from past years:
- Michael Starbird, mathematician & co-author of “The Heart of Mathematics: An Invitation to Effective Thinking”
- Michael Nielson, writer, scientist, programmer & author of “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”
- Robin J. Wilson, mathematician & former editor-in-chief of the European Mathematical Society Newsletter