Mary C. Gordy*

Mary C. Gordy*

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Mary C. Gordy*

Mary (Case) Gordy was born in St. Louis, Mo. She moved with her family to Kansas City, Mo. where she lived until she began her college career. This was interrupted when she was assigned to live in occupied Germany after WWII. Her Air Force father encouraged her to earn her pilot's license before leaving for Europe.

In Europe, while staying with friends in Munich, she became interested in the differences between the European and American attitudes toward education. Upon her return, as she moved around the United States, she accumulated credits on many different campuses: Drury University at Springfield, Mo., University of Missouri at Columbia, Brown University at Shreveport, St Mary's University at San Antonio, Kansas University, and finally earned her master's in education at Washburn.

Mary taught for 25 years, 20 of them in Topeka's 437 school district. The last seven years, under the Title I grant, were spent teaching children with dyslexia and other reading disorders. During this time she met and married Leland Gordy, an engineer for Southwestern Bell, now called AT&T. Together they joined the Kaw Valley Amateur Radio Club and earned their Federal Communication Commission licenses, entitling them to set up a private short wave radio station which they enjoyed for many years. On several occasions they acted as tornado spotters for the Topeka area.

Mary passed away mid-May of 2014. She is survived by her husband, James Van Sickle.