LETTER – Gordon R. Gore deserves a lasting memorial

Gordon R. Gore.

Re: Gordon R. Gore, founder of the BIG Little Science Centre

Gordie was a huge figure in my life and his loss will be keenly felt by many, many of those whose life he touched.

I first met Gordie when he started coming to Kam High to give hands-on demonstrations at seminars for our science teachers. It was because of his influence that I started infusing more and more demos into my Chem lessons (stinks and bangs is a REAL thing!).

Later, when I was thinking about my fourth Chem book, he gave me huge amounts of help, support and ideas, including contacts for a good printer and an outstanding cartoonist. When Annette contacted me to ask if I would like to join an about-to-be-formed board of directors for a “BLSC Society,” pointing out that Gordie needed help, it was a no-brainer to volunteer and try to pay back a small fraction of what I owed Gordie.

In many ways, Gordie truly was ‘larger than life’ and was unwavering in his determination to create a place that was ‘hands on’ to its core. I would really like to see Gordie’s influence in creating such a remarkable Centre become lastingly memorialized in some way.

We owe it to him and the thousands of people his legacy has touched in so many ways: teacher, writer, science journal editor, colleague and friend.


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2 Comments on LETTER – Gordon R. Gore deserves a lasting memorial

  1. Never knew him however reading about him and his love for science and teaching makes him automatically one of my favourites. One of the trails meandering through nature at Kenna Cartwright park should be renamed in his honour.

  2. Gordon was a remarkable gentleman! I remember walking into one of his first science displays at the David Thompson School many many years ago. Even as an adult then, I could not contain my enthusiasm!

    God Bless him.

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