Gordon P. Blood, 79, a retired social studies teacher in Niagara Falls Public Schools, died Sunday (Sept. 5, 1999) in his 91st Street home after a long illness.
Blood was born in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown High School. In 1942, he was drafted into the Army and served three years, being discharged as a first sergeant. He took part in the invasion of Normandy and received several citations.
After the war, Blood earned a bachelor's degree from St. Bonaventure University, graduating cum laude. He did one year of graduate work at Georgetown University before completing his master's degree at Niagara University.
Blood taught history at St. Bonaventure for a year before taking a teaching post in Niagara Falls in 1951. During his 31-year career there, he taught at South and Gaskill junior high schools, LaSalle Senior, the former Trott Vocational and Niagara Falls high schools.
In 1969, he developed and introduced an elective course entitled "The Law and You," for 12th graders at both city high schools.
He regarded it as one of his proudest accomplishments, his family said.
Blood was a past commander of Chapter 12, Disabled American Veterans, and belonged to its Human Rights Commission. He was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans, the Knights of Columbus, the Niagara Falls Swimming Officials Association, the Bishop Duffy Men's Club, the Police Chiefs Officials Organization and the national and state social science associations.
He was a former president of the LaSalle Republican Men's Club, the Holy Name Society of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, and the Niagara Falls area chapter of the St. Bonaventure Alumni Association.
Blood was a lector and eucharistic minister at Prince of Peace and a member of its St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was also a member of the Niagara Catholic Task Force.
He received several awards, including the Lions Club Award and the Liberty Bell Award for Outstanding Citizenship, the latter from the Niagara Falls Bar Association in 1980.
Blood enjoyed building birdhouses, fishing, gardening and swimming.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Cathleen Donovan; two sons, Gordon of State College, Pa., and Brian of Waldorf, Md.; four daughters, Barbara Anderson of Gaithersburg, Md., Sharon Dyster and Cathleen, both of Lewiston, and Maureen Messer; a brother, William of Jamestown; a sister, Mary Jane McMichael of Erie, Pa.; and four grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Prince of Peace Church, 1055 North Military Road.