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Melvin Gordon, founder of Gordon Booksellers, dies

Melvin Gordon, founder of Gordon Booksellers, dies

Melvin Gordon, the founder of Gordon’s Booksellers who presided over stores from Towson to Chevy Chase, died Sept. 7 from complications from dementia at Atrium Village in Owings Mills. He was 92.

“Mel was a Baltimore icon in the independent Baltimore book business,” said Steven S. Baum, president of Greetings & Readings at Hunt Valley Towne Centre. “He was a dedicated bookseller…. His death is a real loss to the book selling industry.”

“I bought all of my books from Mel when I was a young, and now I’m 64. Gordon’s Booksellers was all around the city when I was a child,” said Mr. Baum, a Pikesville resident.

Born in Milwaukee, Melvin Gordon was the son of Harold...

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