Dr. Gordon J. Polder

Jan. 5, 1930 - Sept. 26, 2011

Dr. Gordon J. Polder, Ph.D., of Florence, Ore., died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, following a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 5, 1930, in Meadville, Pa., to Frank and Cecelia Patricia Polder. He spent his early years in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, graduating from St. Patrick's High School in Eau Claire in 1949.

Gordon went into the U.S. Navy right after high school and after discharge returned to Eau Claire and became a policeman with the Eau Claire City Police Department. He spent many personally rewarding years with the department and remained a "cop at heart" all of his life. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and went on to earn his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. He practiced clinical psychology in Eau Claire at the Eau Claire Clinic and the Northwest Psychiatric Clinic and served as director of the Northwest Reading Clinic and the A.A. Lorenz Institute. He practiced at the Kettle Moraine Hospital and outpatient clinics, Cummens Family Practice Center in Genesee Depot and was in private practice in Waukesha prior to his retirement in 1997. For several years, he did work with the Wisconsin Lung Association on smoking cessation programs. He served as president of the Wisconsin Psychological Association, Board of Directors, Division IV of Forensic and Correctional Psychologists and the Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association.

Gordon was married to Annabelle Livermore of Augusta for 30 years and from this union six children were born. He was extremely proud of all his children as they were of him.

He was married to Dr. Sarah Kennedy, Ph.D., of Eau Claire, from 1981 until her death in 1996.

After his retirement Gordon met and married Christine Bowers of Milwaukee and they moved to the beautiful Oregon coast to spend their retirement years.

Gordon had a great intellectual curiosity and had a lifelong love of airplanes, trains, motorcycles, woodworking, stamps, art and photography. He was a devout Catholic.

Gordon is survived by his wife Christine of Florence; sons, Jerry (Penny) of Florence, Tom (Julie) of Charlottesville, Va., Jim (Kris) of Plain and Joseph (Melissa) of Waukesha; daughter, Jacquelyn of Washington, D.C.; grandson, Joe (Rena) Andersen of Chippewa Falls; aunt, Antoinette Tenney of Phillips; and several cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darwin; and an infant son, David.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Our Lady of the Dunes in Florence on Friday, Oct. 7. Reciting of the Rosary will be at 8:30 a.m. in the church and Mass will begin at 9 a.m.

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