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Gordon Hunter endowment for library special collections

Date: 09/17/2008
The late A. Gordon Hunter (1937-2006), an active Portland State University alumnus, former president of the Friends of the Branford P. Millar Library, and a well-respected used bookseller in Portland, bequeathed his entire estate to create an endowment for the purchase of titles for the Portland State Library’s Special Collections. His estate included a vast and encyclopedic book collection and many important books were added to the Library’s collection. Gordon loved books on the history of the Pacific Northwest as well as contemporary literature and films. He was one of the first independent booksellers to use the Internet successfully to sustain his thriving book business. Gordon grew up in Portland and received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Portland State University in 1959. He held a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Utah and taught high school civics and history in Oregon and Alaska. As a civic activist, Gordon supported not only Portland State, but also was a member of the Cully association of Neighborhoods, the Portland Boundary Commission, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee, and was the founder and president of the Metro Community Development Corporation, a non-profit agency that provides affordable housing.