GU Law Professor Richard Gordon

Wednesday, October 29, 2003
The Washington Post

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 Memorial Hospital.

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 system.

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 possible."

There are no immediate survivors.