Gordon, M(arvin) Joseph, Jr. 1938–

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Gordon, M(arvin) Joseph, Jr. 1938–

PERSONAL: Born January 2, 1938, in Wadsworth, OH; son of Marvin Joseph (a drafter and group leader) and Mary Lou (a homemaker; maiden name, Dean) Gordon; married Joyce Theresa Sullivan (a registered nurse), June 21, 1958; children: Laura Lee Leveroos, Marvin Joseph III, Patrick Bryan, Jennifer Joy Delany. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: St. Petersburg Junior College, A.A., 1965; University of South Florida, B.S., 1968, M.S.M.E., 1969. Politics: Republican. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Airplane and ship models, golf, woodworking.

ADDRESSES: Home—3319 East Dorchester Dr., Palm Harbor, FL 34684.

CAREER: Babcock & Wilson, draftsman, 1957–65; General Electric Neutron Devices, draftsman, 1965–68; Dupont, Detroit, MI, technical representative, 1968–75; BASF, Detroit, sales representative, 1975–80; Raychem, Detroit, sales representative, 1980–83; Raytheon, Virginia Beach, VA, manager of marketing, 1983–86; Allied Signal, Hopewell, VA, customer service manager, 1986–92; Maida Development Co., Hampton, VA, quality manager, 1992–97; Lockheed, program manager, 1997–98; CTS Reeves, Carleigh, PA, quality manager, 1998–99; technical writer, 1990–1999. Military service: U.S. Naval Reserve Civil Engineering Corps, enlisted 1955–70, commissioned 1970–79; became lieutenant.

MEMBER: Society of Plastic Engineers, Society of Quality.


Total Quality Process Control for Injection Molding, Hanser/Gardner (Munich, Germany), 1992.

Industrial Design of Plastic Products, John Wiley and Sons (New York, NY), 2002.

Six Sigma Quality for Business and Manufacturing, Elsevier Scientific (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 2002.

Contributor to periodicals, including Plastics Molding and Injection Molding.

WORK IN PROGRESS: Research on technical sales qualifications for consultants and technical advisors.

SIDELIGHTS: M. Joseph Gordon, Jr. told CA: "I began my first book from seminars that I presented on quality assurance for the injection molding field. My other works were written directly from my knowledge and experience in the design of plastic projects and Six Sigma quality and lean manufacturing. I wrote to mentor others in the fields where I spent my career.

"My writing process begins in longhand with an outline that progresses to a first draft. Then I type it into the computer, editing all the time until I have a manuscript that tells the information I want to convey. I do all my own charts and graphs on the computer. My first drawings were done in pencil, as I was a drafter during my college days.

"My favorite book is my first, Total Quality Process Control for Injection Molding. This is an industry in constant change with knowledge moving up and usually out of the workplace as personal advance. What is needed is for this information to remain at the 'point of use' and continually taught to new and existing employees. Process control is required for product quality as the two go together in all business and manufacturing operations.

"My writing style is intended to inform and present information that others can use in real time for their work. I hope this will prove correct."