Students at 17 western Washington community and technical colleges will have the opportunity to overcome financial hurdles and reach their educational goals thanks to a bequest of nearly $10 million from the Eva Gordon Estate. The gift is one of the largest to community and technical colleges in Washington state, with each college foundation receiving approximately $550,000.

Eva Gordon, who passed away in June 2018 at the age of 101, lived a long and happy life. She had few regrets, save one: not having a formal education herself. She grew up on an orchard in Eugene, Oregon, and graduated at the top of her high school class.

She went to work as a legal secretary and, later, for a Seattle investment firm. She married her husband, Ed Gordon, in 1964 and together they shared a common dedication to higher education. Little by little, she invested money from meager paychecks to build a fortune and give back to others.

The college foundations below are receiving donations from the Eva Gordon estate. During their lives, Eva and John Gordon often made contributions to South Seattle College as well.

  • Bates Technical College
  • Cascadia College
  • Clover Park Technical College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Grays Harbor College
  • Green River Community College
  • Highline Community College
  • Lake Washington Institute of Technology
  • North Seattle College
  • Pierce College Foundation
  • Renton Technical College
  • Seattle Central College
  • Shoreline Community College
  • Skagit Valley College
  • South Puget Sound Community College
  • Tacoma Community College

Thumbnail photo courtesy Everett Community College via Facebook