John Charles Gordon, Ph.D.

Title: Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies Emeritus
Company: Yale University
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States

John Charles Gordon, Ph.D., Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies Emeritus at Yale University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in forestry and higher education.

Drawing upon more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Gordon is an esteemed educator of environmental sciences who served as the Pinchot professor of forestry and environmental studies at Yale University from 1991 to 2001, when he ultimately reached emeritus status. Prior to this illustrious role, he was a professor and dean of forestry and environmental studies at Yale University, professor and head of the department of forest science at Oregon State University, and a professor of forestry at Iowa State University. He commenced his career as an instructor of forestry at Iowa State University and a plant physiologist with the U.S. Forest Service is Rhinelander, WI.

The former founding partner of Interforest LLC from 1996 to 2007, Dr. Gordon has been chairman and on the executive committee of the Candlewood Timber Group since 1999, having also served with his own eponymous consulting firm. On the board of directors of the Ecotrust Forest Management since 2006, he was an adjunct professor at Portland State University from 2004 to 2013 and chairman of the National Commission on Science and Sustainable Forestry from 2000 to 2002, having served the latter on its board of directors since 2000.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Gordon pursued formal education at Iowa State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in 1961 and 1966, respectively. He also completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Helsinki in Finland. After obtaining experience in the field, he received an honorary master’s degree from Yale University and an honorary doctorate from Unity College.

A prolific writer, Dr. Gordon has contributed myriad articles to professional journals in his area of expertise. He was the author of numerous books, including “Agroforestry Research” in 1991,” “Environmental Leadership” in 1993, “Forests to Fight Poverty” in 1999, “Eat Your Spinach: Spend Less and Save More” in 2006,” and “Real Estate: The Sustainable Investment” in 2011, among others. He has maintained affiliation with several organizations as well, including the Society of American Foresters, the American Forestry Association, the Cosmos Club and Sigma Xi.

As a testament to his professional success, Dr. Gordon has accrued a number of accolades throughout his career. The recipient of the Gifford Pinchot Medal from the Society of American Foresters in 2005, he also received the Henry Wallace Award from Iowa State University in 2012 and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Forestry Association in 1996. The Pacific Rivers Council also named him Conservationist of the Year in 1992, and he garnered a medal from the University of Helsinki in 1993. Notably, he has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the East.

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