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Gordon Woodworth (1980)

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Gordon Woodworth

A 1980 graduate of South High, Gordon Woodworth overcame a serious illness as a teenager to become a respected voice of the community as News Editor of The Chronicle.

The son of Don and Earla Woodworth, Gordon attended Middlebury College and graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in communication and journalism from the University at Albany. He worked as a sports writer at The Post-Star for five years, where he won three New York State Sports Writer of the Year awards, before accepting a job as Assistant Director of Sports Information at the University of Vermont in October 1989.

While at UVM, he publicized many of the school’s 27 Division I athletic teams and oversaw the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame, coordinating the annual induction ceremony. In 2004, he was media coordinator when former Catamount hockey great and 2018 Hockey Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis brought the Stanley Cup to Burlington after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the coveted NHL trophy in 2004.

Named Director of Athletic Communications in 1999, he covered the men’s hockey team and served as a color commentator on the Catamount radio broadcasts. He also traveled to Park City, Utah, for the NCAA Ski Championships in 2000, and was the Skiing SID for three of Vermont’s six national championships.

In 2005, Gordon returned home, accepting a position at The Chronicle. Since then, he has become the newspaper’s primary reporter, covering politics, real estate, local government, the environment and, to his delight, the South High Marathon Dance. A participant in the second and third dances, he’s very proud that his class was involved in starting this amazing community event that has raised $6.5-million in 41 years.

In 2012, marathon dance advisors Tom Myott, Jody Sheldon and Dan Albert asked Gordon to lead the effort to compile a comprehensive history of the South High Marathon Dance. After six years of research, the book was published in 2018, selling more than 400 copies during the dance and in the months that followed.

Nominated by Diane (Pepin) McCarthy, and Sarah Pratt and Maureen (Pratt) Leggett, both nominations highlighted Gordon’s prominent position in his hometown, and his caring ways. “He is truly dedicated to helping anyone in need,” Diane wrote. Sarah Pratt, in her nomination, wrote “Gordon has served as the voice of our community for the last 13 years as news editor of The Chronicle … . More importantly, he goes above and beyond to make sure everyone feels recognized and respected.” Sarah added “The way he treated our family after our tragic loss is a strong testament to the kind of man that Gordon is.”

A longtime member of the Glens Falls Rotary Club, Gordon was named Rotarian of the Year in 2015. He sings in the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church choir with his father, and has served as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He was also a charter member of the South High Bulldog Pride Hall of Fame Committee, and annually helps compile inductee biographies.

Later this month, he will serve as a Grand Marshal of the South Glens Falls Fire Company Holiday Parade along with his boss at The Chronicle, Mark Frost.

Gordon credits his family for any success he has achieved. His father, Don, was principal of the Oliver W. Winch Middle School for 21 years, from 1967 to 1988, and his mother, Earla, was the longtime Director of the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church Day Nursery School. Both are respected community members, and Gordon’s father was inducted into the South High Bulldog Pride Hall of Fame in 2012. Don and Gordon Woodworth are the first father-son duo to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Gordon’s sister, Susan, passed away in 2016, but her memory, and her ability to find ribbons of grace, remains a guiding force in his life. His brother, Greg, is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of National Life of Vermont and Gordon’s best friend.

Uncle of Gideon and his wife, Liz; Chelsea Frisbee, and Sara and Hilary Woodworth, and great-uncle of Wyatt and Porter Frisbee, Gordon is proud to be from South Glens Falls, and more proud to be part of his amazing and loving family.