Richard Alan Gordon, 75, a Georgetown University law professor who specialized
in entertainment law and who taught more than 10,000 students in his 40 years in
the classroom, died Oct. 23 of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at Sibley
Mr. Gordon was born in Chicago and moved to Washington as a youth. He graduated
from Gonzaga High School, Georgetown University and Georgetown's law school.
He served in the Air Force as staff judge advocate in Colorado Springs for four
years and as an assistant staff judge advocate for three years, based in Paris.
Mr. Gordon joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1961, teaching and serving as
assistant dean until 1967. He was president of the University Faculty Senate and
was an educational consultant to the American Bar Association Foundation and
adviser to the Educational Testing Service.
In 1977, in response to extraordinary student initiative, he was asked to
sponsor a new seminar in entertainment law. At the time, there were only four
such courses in the 186 U.S. law schools.
In 1982, he was one of eight American lawyers, judges and professors invited by
the Chinese Ministry of Justice to visit and advise on revisions of its legal
In 1987, he was invited by the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and
Industry to conduct a seminar on U.S. product liability law for 150 Japanese
corporate executives in Tokyo.
In 1994, the Russian Ministry of Justice invited him to teach for two weeks in
Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Saratov to law students, law professors and judges.
He retired from teaching in 2002. He attended Dahlgren Catholic Chapel on
Georgetown University's campus. In a faculty curriculum guide, Mr. Gordon
described his interests as "God and the problems of the interaction of law,
the state and an increasingly secular American society; art in many of its forms
and particularly English literature; and travel to France whenever