Dr. Edward Gordon, passed away at his home in Henderson, Sept. 2, 2004, at the age of 81. Born in 1923 and raised in New York, he was the youngest of four children of Russian immigrants. As a child, he showed exceptional ability in mathematics and science, gaining national honors in mathematics competitions through high school and college. Completing the 4.5 year program in chemical engineering in 3.5 years, he graduated from City College of New York in 1943, subsequently serving as a U.S. Navy lieutenant in the Pacific through the end of World War II. During the process of discharge from the U.S. Navy, Edward met his wife, Rose Lazaroff. Once married, they moved to Houston where he worked for Shell Oil, and later moved to California where he worked for Jet Propulsion Lab on the development of rocket propellants. He also completed a master's degree in mathematics from USC, while Rose gave birth to their two sons, Howard and Mitchell. The family returned to the south, living in Louisiana while Edward worked for United Gas Corporation. The family moved back to California in 1963, where he worked for Aerojet Corporation on nuclear powered rocket engines and complex control systems, while also completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from Claremont Graduate School when he was 47 years old. He later worked on a variety of large projects, including the Alaskan Pipeline, for Fluor Corporation until retiring in 1986. Edward and his wife Rose moved to Arroyo Grande, in 1988 to enjoy retirement and help raise their grandchildren, (Howard and Heidi's daughter, Lauren and son, Dylan, now 15 and 12). In November 2003, Rose, his wife of 57 years, passed away at age 79. With the help of his children and grandchildren, Edward relocated to Henderson, in early 2004. During his lifetime, Edward was the author of more than 90 published technical papers and was recognized as a world authority on strategies for optimal play of casino games, most notably Blackjack. He also taught mathematics and economics part-time at a variety of colleges, and just prior to his death, at age 81, had been hired to teach an undergraduate course for the economics department of UNLV. Edward is survived by his sister, Francis; his sons, Howard and Mitchell; his daughters-in-law, Heidi and Roz; and his grandchildren, Lauren and Dylan. A private family memorial service is planned.
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Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sep. 14, 2004.