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Philip L. GORDON
Philip L. Gordon died on September 5, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona; he
was 95. He is survived by his daughter Roberta Bastacky and
son-in-law David and son John.
Phil was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on
September 20, 1916 or September 25th depending on whether you believed
the government or his mother. His family moved to Minneapolis during
the depression. He attended the University of Minnesota before World
War II, and served in the Army Air Corps during the War rising to the
rank of Sgt. from time to time. After the war he returned to school
to obtain a Master’s Degree in Social Work. In Minnesota, he worked
for the Veterans Administration and then at the State Hospital.
In 1948 he married Louise Broude. They came to Arizona in 1955. He was
the director of Social Work at the Arizona State Hospital from 1955
until he retired in 1985. He also taught Sociology at night to
students at Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges.
After retiring he became an advocate for the mentally ill and an active
member of the Mental Health Association of Arizona, where he served on
its board of directors from 1984 till 2001. He was also a supporter
and board member of the Mental Health Advocates Coalition for many
years. Phil was instrumental in removing the chains, shackles and
oppression that first held patients in the insane asylum in Arizona as
well as others across this country. Even after
de-institutionionalization in the 50s and 60s, many of these same
barriers prevented many from leading a satisfying life in the
community. Phil dedicated his life in helping free people from the
stigma and shame that too often surrounds mental illnesses.
source: John Gordon - Sept 7, 2012