Gordon C. Cory passed away Oct. 24, 2011, at the home of his son Larry, in Ellensburg, Wash. Gordon was born Dec. 9, 1915, to William and Ethel Cory in Tama. Upon graduation in 1933, Gordon started his first job as a night clerk for the Clifton Hotel in Tama. Gordon became a partner in the Tama Candy Kitchen, selling photo equipment in 1935, and married Lucille Ledvina in 1938.
He entered the Army on Feb. 20, 1945, and served until Dec. 8, 1945. From 1938 to 1951 Gordon held the position of photo / correspondent for Features & News at the Des Moines Register, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Waterloo Courier, and Marshalltown Times Republican. He also took the publicity photos for the Mesquaukie (Meskwaki) Tribe from 1940 to 1951.
In 1951 he and Lucille moved to Santa Barbara, Calif., where he attended Brooks Institute of Photography for two years. Gordon then went to work for Pacific Missile Range, in Point Mugu, Calif., as night supervisor. In 1955 he assumed the position at Point Mugu as Head of the Motion Picture Lab Division, and for 18 years he was a member of the Photo Laboratory Working Group of Inter-Range Instrumentation, serving as chairman twice. He retired in 1973 after 31 years of service.
Gordon C. Cory
In 1969 Gordon purchased Peter Jaffee's Motion Picture Lab for processing sports and industrial film, and in 1970 he opened a new store on Ventura Blvd. in Camarillo, Calif. In 1972 he added a color processing (MP) system.
Gordon organized the Brooks Alumni Association, and in 1973 he served as the first president. Gordon was a member of the Society of Motion Pictures Television Engineers (SMPTE) from 1953 to 1983. He also served on the membership committee for the international SMPTE. Gordon was nominated to the Board of Governors Hollywood Division of SMPTE, in 1983.
Gordon opened Camarillo Camera in 1974. In the same year, he purchased another sports lab from the SF Valley, at the time, processing film for 115 plus schools, college sports, and for industrial purposes. Gordon provided 13 years of motion picture service to the Dallas Cowboys and 7 years of motion picture service to the San Francisco 49ers.
He served for many years in the Optimist organization with all of his friends. He was Doned by the Pleasant Valley Historical Society of Camarillo and played an important role in the revitalization of Old Town Camarillo.
Gordon is survived by sons Larry, of Ellensburg, Wash.; Lynn, of Northridge, Calif.; Lee, of Maidu-Santiago, Chile; Lanny, of Ventura, CA; daughters Joy of Carlsbad, CA; Linda of Kirkland, Wash.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Duane, and his wife Lucille.
A celebration of Gordon's life was held at the United Methodist Church of Camarillo on Friday, Nov. 18. All six of his children were present, along with other family members and large gathering of friends.