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John Frederic Van Gorder

John Frederic Van Gorder, American lawyer. Bar: New Jersey 1981, United States District Court New Jersey 1981, New York 1983, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1989. Named Outstanding Young Man of VA., 1975, United States Air Force Reserve Officer of Year, 1985.


  • Gorder, John Frederic Van was born on March 22, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Son of Harold Burton and Charlotte Louise Van Gorder.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Dover College, England, 1961. AB, Dartmouth College, 1965. Postgraduate, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1968.

      Master of Science in Administration, George Washington University, 1973. Postgraduate, University Virginia. Postgraduate, College William and Mary.

      Postgraduate, Catholic University America. Postgraduate, Northeastern University. Postgraduate, Babson College.

      Postgraduate, University South. Juris Doctor, Fordham University, 1981.


    • Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Air Force, 1965, advanced through grades to captain, 1968. Weapons controller Aerospace Defense Commissioned, Fort Lee, Virginia, 1965-1967. Buyer electronics system division Air Force Systems Commissioned, Bedford, Massachusetts, 1968-1969.

      Project manager research and development Headquarters United States Air Force, Washington, 1969-1973, branch chief personnel, 1973-1974. Presidential social aide The White House, 1971-1974. Associate Louis C. Kramp & Associates, 1975.

      Program officer J.M. Foundation, New York City, 1975-1981. Associate Winne, Banta & Rizzi Esqs., Hackensack, New Jersey, 1981-1983. Assistant secretary, program administrator Glenmede Trust Company, Philadelphia, 1983—1986.

      Executive director, assistant secretary Leon Lowenstein Foundation, since 1986. Attorney Rent Leveling Board, Borough of Bergenfield, New Jersey, 1983. President Vanguard Corporation, Massapequa, New York, 1996-2001.

      Adjunct professor Graduate School Education, Fordham University, New York City, since 1997, member advisory committee New York City Public Schools Supts.' Network, 1998—2007, judge National School Change awards, since 2001, member program development advisory committee Graduate School Education, 2000-2007.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: New Jersey 1981, United States District Court New Jersey 1981, New York 1983, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1989.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Chairman New York City steering committee National Congress on Volunteerism and Citizenship, 1976. Member executive committee Mayor's Volunteer Action Council, 1977-1978. Board governors New York Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 1978-1979.

    Board governors, 4th vice president First Assembly District Republican Club, 1977-1982. Vestryman All Saints Episcopalian Church, Bergenfeld, 1982-1983. Member Tabernacle Township Planning Board, 1985-1988, Tabernacle Board Education, 1988-1991, Tabernacle Republican Club, 1983-1993.

    Junior warden, 1987-1988, senior warden, 1989-1990, vestryman, lay reader St. Peter's Episcopalian Church, Medford, New Jersey, 1985-1993. Program advisory committee Toshiba American Foundation, 1993-1999. Trustee, director Support Center of New York, 1995-1997, Robert A. Taft Institute Government, New York City, 1994-1997.

    Board directors New York City Public/Private Initiatives, Inc., 1996-2000, New York Regional Association Grantmakers, 1998-2006. Board trustees Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, since 2002. Member grants committee Cabrini Mission Foundation, New York City, since 2010.

    Member advisory committee Center for Advancement of Children's Mental Health, Columbia University, New York City, 2003-2005. Serving officer Priory in United States of America, Order of St. John, since 2003. Board directors United Service Organizations Metropolitan New York, 2005-2006.

    Colonel United States Air Force Reserve, retired. Member International (senator. Vice president 1975; representative to United Nations 1976), United States (national vice president 1973-1974), District of Columbia (president 1972-1973), New York City (board governors 1978-1979) Junior Chamber of Commerce, Sons of the American Revolution, Society Mayflower Descendants, American Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Student Bar Association (class president 1978-1981), Toastmasters (local president 1969-1970, area governor 1970-1971), Lions (president Medford Township club 1985-1986, co-chairman Charity Ball 1987), Masons, Alpha Delta Phi.


    • Married Sandra Joan Hagen, June 4, 1977 (divorced June 1995). Children: Alyssa Jane, Kathryn Ann. Married Ann Michele Brancato, October 7, 1995.
    • father: Harold Burton
    • mother: Charlotte Louise Van Gorder
    • spouses: Sandra Joan Hagen
    • Ann Michele Brancato
    • children: Alyssa Jane Gorder
    • Kathryn Ann Gorder
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    Born March 22, 1943
    (age 74)