Dr. Gordon, Biblical Specialist
Dr. Cyrus Herzl Gordon, author and Semitist died on March 30, at the age of 93. Dr. Gordon took three degrees from Penn; he received his B.A. in 1927, an M.A. in 1928, and a Ph.D. in 1930. From 1930-31 he taught Hebrew and Assyrian at Penn.
In 1986 he published the monograph The Pennsylvania Tradition of Semitics: A Century of Near Eastern and Biblical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Gordon specialized in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern studies. He was an archaeologist in Palestine and Iraq in the 1930s and taught at Johns Hopkins, Smith, Princeton, Dropsie, Brandeis and NYU, from which he retired in 1990. During World War II Dr. Gordon spent time as a cryptanalyst deciphering Arabic, Turkish, and Persian codes.
He is survived by his wife, Constance; three daughters, Deborah Friedrich, Sarah Krakauer and Rachel Bernstein; two sons, Noah and Dan; two brothers, Norman and Maurice; and 10 grandchildren.
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 29, April 10, 2001