John Gordon was a Missouri native and honors graduate in physics from the University of Missouri in 1968. He was a member of the ROTC program and was commissioned as an Air Force officer after graduation. His early assignments were as a physicist and research associate, and he ended his military career as Deputy Director of Central Intelligence for Military Support in the CIA. After retirement, John worked as a civilian with the Department of Energy and served as an Assistant to the President and Homeland Security Advisor. John was recognized by the University of Missouri multiple times for his accomplishments and served as Grand Marshal of Mizzou’s Homecoming in 2020.