“All the world’s a stage. And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like It
Dr. R. Gordon Klockow exited this earthly stage and made an entrance onto the stage of heaven. While on vacation in Florida, Gordon became ill and passed away on Januaray 13, 2017.
Gordon, along with several others, sat around a table about twenty-five years ago dreaming about a community theater in Rensselaer. After many hours of planning and rehearsals, The Carnegie Players produced their first show on August 19, 1994, Bye Bye Birdie. Gordon served as The Carnegie Players first President for two years and with the newly appointed seven member board of directors, formed Carnegie’s by-laws. With Gordon’s guidance and forethought, the by-laws have seen very few changes through its twenty-four years.
Gordon appeared in at least eleven Carnegie productions and was also a facilitator behind the scenes helping and urging others to experience the theatre arts. He loved all aspects of producing a theatrical production, a concert or a recital. He had a passion to encourage everyone to find their inner strength and talent. Gordon was a kind and empathetic leader who was a friend to everyone. A gentleman, he was respected locally, statewide and nationally for many roles that he played. Gordon touched lives through the world with an outreach of dental supplies to Lithuania to outfit a dental clinic. He received Rotary International’s highest Kissinger Award, in recognition of these efforts.
Gordon was also a Fellow of Saint Joseph’s College, had taught classes at St. Joe and through The Saint Joseph’s College Missionary Outreach, helped send large containers of medical equipment, supplies, books, toys and medicine to Tanzania. He was also on dental and other music boards and supported the arts beyond this area.
Gordon, your performance on the stage of life was superb. The dialogues were your own. There were no rehearsals. There were no retakes. The show always went on.
There will not be an encore performance. We stand applaud and thank you for your life well lived. We thank you for the many lives that you have touched by your example of self-less living, love and encouragement to others. You will be greatly missed.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Jackson Funeral Chapel in Rensselaer.