Aims Community College50th Anniversary

Dr. Frank Gordon's Story

Dr. Frank J. Gordon became one of Aims Community College’s original faculty members in 1967 shortly after receiving his master’s degree in history and political science from the University of Colorado (CU). He taught history and political science courses at Aims until 1970. After a year studying flamenco guitar in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gordon returned to the CU to begin work on his doctorate in European history and completed the degree in 1977.

In January, 1982, Gordon returned to Aims to teach political science and remained at the college until his retirement in June of 2001. During his tenure, he also created and taught courses in modern German history and the history of Christianity, and published numerous articles and book reviews on 20th Century German history. As a member of the Aims Speakers Bureau, Gordon gave community lectures on the Holocaust, the First Amendment and religion as well as a slide presentation on the life of Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation.

In each of his last two years at the college, Gordon was chosen as “favorite faculty” on more than one occasion and he still remains in close contact with many of his former students. His greatest honor at Aims came when a student, Walt Francis, created an annual student award in Gordon’s name for outstanding work in history and political science.

In his retirement, Gordon has published two limited-edition books, and a number of feature articles for the Greeley Tribune. Additionally, he is active in church work and has written many essays for his church’s monthly newsletter. He has also spent time each week for the past two years playing classical guitar and entertaining senior communities.