The Gordon Ivester Author Series was established in 2017 thanks to a very generous donation to the library from long-time North Reading resident Gordon D. Ivester.
Mr. Ivester was born in Concord, New Hampshire on December 13, 1918 and was one of 7 children. Gordon and his family later moved to Medford, Massachusetts where he graduated from Medford High School, Class of 1937. He enlisted in the the Army in 1940 and proudly served in World War II as an ambulance driver, receiving the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star. He was a lifetime member of The Big Red One (First Infantry Division). After the war he graduated from Franklin Institute in Boston. Gordon worked for the Boston Naval Shipyard as a Sheet Metal Mechanic for 21 years before retiring to become self-employed, doing painting and wallpapering.
Gordon enjoyed horseshoes, bowling, square dancing, traveling and reading. He took care of his beloved mother at home until she was 103 years old. Gordon passed away on December 10, 2015 leaving many friends, neighbors and relatives.
Gordon was a humble, caring and charitable person who saw to it that, upon his passing, his hometown Library of 58 years receive a generous donation to be used for community enrichment. The Library is thrilled to have the ability to welcome well known and diverse speakers to North Reading to share their stories and experiences with us.
We thank Mr. Ivester for his service and for his many gifts to North Reading.
Gordon at age 19 During WW II
Gordon is 3rd From Left
Co. A 1st Medical – Fort Devens, MA, 1941
Gordon with his family
At the Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, NH with a
WW II Ambulance like the one he drove
With Best Friend and fellow Vet. Paul
Surprise 90th Birthday party
Gordon at Age 96
Special Thanks to Gordon’s family and, in particular, his nephew Dean VanNorden for making this series a reality.