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• Thu, Mar 15, 2012

(1931 - 2012)

Judge Herman Gordon of Houston, 80, died on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Herman was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and Sam Gordon; brothers, Harry, Freddie and Solomon Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter, Nicole, and son, Stephen. He also is survived by his sister, Mary Gordon; sister-in-law, Rose Gordon Finkelman; nieces, Sandra (Steve) Finkelman, Sarah (Eric) Gibbs; nephew, Sammy (Sharon Gordon); great- nephews, Michael Gordon, Josh Gordon, Alex Gordon, Jordan Finkelman, Seth Finkelman, Harvey Gibbs and Spencer Gibbs, as well as great-nieces, Marissa Finkelman and Elli Gibbs. He also is survived by his brother-in-law, Elliot Siegel, and sister-in-law, Kay Ruth Weber.

Herman graduated from San Jacinto High School, the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1954 and received an LLB from the University of Houston Law Center in 1956. Col. Herman Gordon (ret.) from the United States Air Force in the Judge Advocate General Department after serving his country for more than 30 years whereby he received the Meritorious Service Award and several other high commendations, medals and honors.

He also was elected as a judge in the Houston 309th District Court and served as a visiting judge for more than 25 years in courthouses across the state of Texas, ultimately retiring as a senior district judge. He also served as a previous chairman for the State Bar Grievance Committee, receiving the Texas Commendation Award of Service, board of directors and vice president for the Houston USO, board of directors for the Air Force Association, past post commander for and life member of AMVETS, previous chapter president of the Reserve Officers Association, previous lecturer for the HBA and past president of the Houston Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Upon Herman’s retirement, he handled more than 225 mediations and 300 arbitrations as a well-respected member of the American Arbitration Association and the Association of Attorney Mediators handling cases as recently as the last few weeks previous to his death. He also served in countless professional and charitable organizations including Scottish Rite as a 32nd degree Mason. Herman remained a steadfast champion for the most vulnerable of society throughout his 56 years of law practice. He served his country and his profession with great honor, dignity and integrity.

Herman was an active, well-rounded man and loved traveling with his friends and family. He enjoyed sports, staying abreast of news and politics, and mostly spending time with his beautiful wife, Phyllis, and their two children. He also was an avid reader and a consummate student of history. Herman had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed laughing, and making others laugh. He led a full life, truly was loved, and deeply will be missed by his friends and family.

Services were held Friday, March 9, 2012, at 1 p.m., at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak).

Please send donations in lieu of flowers to Herman’s favorite charity below or charity of your choice:

The Association for Retarded Citizens (The Arc)

The Arc of Spring Branch (Donations made payable to “The Arc of Spring Branch”), 9524 Kempwood Dr., Houston, TX 77080; or to The Arc of Greater Houston (Donations made payable to “The Arc of Greater Houston”), P.O. Box 924168, Houston, TX 77292-4168. — Houston Jewish Funerals




Brother-in-law of Elliot Siegel










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