Yale Gordon (1907-1984) was an achiever. Fresh from high school and already employed, Mr. Gordon chose to pursue a law degree at the University of Baltimore. The new university catered to the working student, who needed to adjust his class schedule to accommodate employment, and offered a flexible tuition payment plan. He garnered two college degrees, bachelor of laws and bachelor of business science.
Mr. Gordon's ambition guided him to retail, manufacturing and land development. As his business flourished, Yale endowed the university with its largest gift, and the liberal arts college was renamed the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts.
How they met
Mr. Gordon met the love of his life, Peggy Friedmann, a Johns Hopkins alumna. She became his muse, leading him to the Arts, and specifically to music. They opened their concert boxes to children, the elderly, the blind and others who struggle with disabilities.
Peggy Friedmann Gordon (1908 - 1981) received her teaching certificate at age 16 from Towson University in 1925 and graduated in 1931 from The Johns Hopkins University's McCoy College with a bachelor of science degree.
For more than 30 years, she taught in the Baltimore City Public School system. After her marriage to Yale in 1955, she retired to devote her time to community volunteerism. Among the recipients of her prodigious talents were Center Stage, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the John F. Kennedy Rehabilitation Center and the Keswick Home.