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Eckerd College Mourns Death of Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, Daughter of Brenda Thompson Gordon '84

posted on 10/23/2012

Army Spc. Brittany Gordon (1988-2012)It is with great sadness that the College mourns the death of Army Specialist Brittany Gordon, the only child of Eckerd alumna Brenda Thompson Gordon '84 and St. Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Frank Gordon. Brittany, 24, died on October 13, 2012, in Khandahar, Afghanistan, while serving her country in the United States Army. A public memorial service honoring Brittany's life will be held on Thursday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m. in Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College. A reception will follow in Fox Hall.

(MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: Please note that the media is welcome to attend the memorial service and reception. At the family's request, NO photography, videography or audio recording equipment will be permitted at the service in Wireman Chapel. Media may film in a designated area at the reception in Fox Hall.)

Brittany Gordon is the first female soldier from the Tampa Bay area to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. She died from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. Brittany was assigned to the 572 Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.

"Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to Brittany Gordon's family during this time of sorrow," said Dr. Donald R. Eastman III, President of Eckerd College. "As we embrace Brittany's mother, Brenda Thompson Gordon, an alumna and member of the Eckerd College family, we also honor Brittany's service and sacrifice to her country, for which she will long be remembered."

Brittany Bria Gordon was born on Sunday, October 2, 1988, in St. Petersburg, Fla., as the only child to Brenda Thompson Gordon and Cedric Frank Gordon. She departed this life on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Khandahar, Afghanistan, while serving her country in the U.S. Army.

Brittany began her early childhood education at A Circle of Children Center. She continued her education at The Canterbury School of Florida, Johns Hopkins Middle School and Admiral Farragut Academy where she began her athletic pursuits as a long distance runner. She was an avid soccer player and played for several years with the Azalea Youth Soccer league.  

An alumna of St. Petersburg High School, Brittany participated in the community band, played alto saxophone in the marching band, and was a four-year member of the junior varsity and varsity basketball teams where she served as the team captain during her senior year. As a recipient of several academic, service and honorary scholarships and member of the National Honor Society, Brittany graduated from St. Pete High with honors. 

Brittany attended the University of Florida and St. Petersburg College. She earned an Associate’s degree before joining the U.S. Army where she served as an intelligence analyst. After basic training, Brittany served in Seattle, Wash., for one year before being deployed to Afghanistan. 

Brittany Gordon is survived by her mother Brenda Thompson Gordon, father Cedric Frank Gordon, maternal grandmother Sarah Thompson, paternal grandmother Florence Gordon, aunts Bernetta Blossom, Debbie Thompson, Marsha Butts (Jimmy), Mary Hidgon and Valerie Gordon, and stepsiblings Cedric Gordon, Conchetta Diaz and Adrian Sherrod.

To read more about Army Spc. Brittany Gordon and other events planned in her honor, click on the following stories printed in the Tampa Bay Times:

Events to honor St. Petersburg soldier killed in Afghanistan (10/23/12)

Suicide attack killed female soldier from St. Pete, says C.W. Bill Young (10/16/12)

Daughter of St. Petersburg assistant police chief dies in Afghanistan (10/15/12)

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