Richard Allen Gordon, 75, (C ’50, L’53) a distinguished law professor at Georgetown University Law Center, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital on Oct. 23.

Gordon joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1961 and specialized in entertainment law. He taught more than 10,000 students during his 40 years as a professor at this university. In 1977, Gordon, in response to extraordinary student demand, developed an entertainment law seminar. At the time, there were only four other such courses being taught at the 186 law schools across the country.

Gordon also served as an assistant dean and president of the University Faculty Senate during his time at Georgetown.

Born in Chicago, Gordon moved to Washington, D.C. as a child. He attended Gonzaga High School in the District and earned both an undergraduate and law degree from Georgetown.

After graduation from law school, Gordon entered the Air Force. He served as staff judge advocate in Colorado Springs for four years, and then as an assistant staff judge advocate in Paris for three more years before joining the Georgetown faculty.

During his teaching career, Professor Gordon earned a number of prestigious positions. He served as an educational consultant to the American Bar Foundation as well as an advisor to the Educational Testing Service.

Gordon also did a good deal of work overseas at the request of several foreign governments. In 1982, he visited the Chinese inistry of Justice to make recommendations on revisions to their legal system, one of only eight Americans to be asked to give such counsel.

In 1987, Gordon conducted a seminar on U.S. product liability in Tokyo for 150 top Japanese corporate executives at the request of the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry. The Russian Ministry of Justice invited Gordon to Moscow in 1994 to teach law students, law professors and judges.

Professor Gordon retired from teaching in 2002.

He is not survived by any immediate family members.

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