Bloomington-Gordon M. Redding, 74, died Thursday August 1, 2013 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 12noon on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal, 1613 East Emerson St. Bloomington, IL.
Gordon was born 18 April 1939 in Grayson County, Sherman, Texas, to William M. Redding and Julian L. Irons Redding. He graduated (1957) from Harlendale High School, San Antonio, Texas, earned his BS (1965) and MS (1967) degrees from the University of Houston, and his Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gordon was Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, until retirement in 2002. While at ISU, he was instrumental in bringing a curriculum in cognitive science to campus, and was recognized as College Researcher (1998) and University Researcher (1999).
Gordon was devoted to basic research and continued to work as Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Faculty at ISU, and served on the College Emeritus Faculty Board. In his career, he authored a book, many publications in professional journals, book chapters, papers at national and international conventions, and national and international presentations to university faculties. He was a member of several professional organizations. In retirement, Gordon also devoted himself to the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal, serving as member of the Board of Directors and various committees.
Survivors include his son, Michael B. Redding (Normal, Illinois); two former wives, Donna A. Redding (Normal, Illinois) and Zuiko Redding (Iowa City, Iowa); brother and his wife, Curtis D. Redding and Geneva Redding (West Columbia, Texas); nephew, Jon Nordan (Houston, Texas); niece, Kim Allen (Sweeney, Texas)
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Unitarian-Universalist of Bloomington-Normal, 1613 East Emerson Street, Bloomington, Illinois.