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Beau Gordon
(1940-    )

Jennings Bailey "Beau" Gordon, Jr. was born in Rome, Georgia on December 2, 1940, the son of Marjorie Schuler and J.B. Gordon, Sr., a manufacturer. When he was born he was nicknamed "Beau" by his aunts, on account of being such a good-looking baby. Beau grew up in the Rome area, graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon Tennessee in 1958, and attended the University of Mississippi where he was awarded his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1962, and his MBA in 1963. He then worked his way up to Vice-President of the Southern Co-Operative Stove Foundry (1964-1967) and then worked for Federated Department Stores (1976-1984). Returning to college, he attended the University of West Georgia, and earned his Master's Degree in Geology in 1987.

Beau first became interested in minerals in the 6th grade, under the influence of his teachers. In later years he was mentored in collecting by Gil Withers (q.v.), Paul Seel, Lou Perloff and Neal Yedlin (q.v.). He began dealing in minerals in 1968, as J. Gordon Minerals, specializing in regional Southeastern minerals. From 1985 to 2006 he operated Jendon Minerals, dealing in worldwide minerals (primarily thumbnails), selling through the Internet (beginning in 1989) and through his booth at shows including those in Atlanta (1968-2001), Tucson (1969-2004), Tampa (1974-1993), Denver (1989-2006), Cincinnati (1989-2002) and Kansas City (1990-2006). His goal was always complete honesty with his customers, no inflated sell-jobs, and he was always willing to buy back a specimen for the original purchase price or allow the purchase price as a trade-in on an upgrade. Beau's personal collection consists of 400 competition-quality thumbnails.

His publications in mineralogy include "The barite deposits of Bartow County, Georgia (Rocks & Minerals July-August 1967), "A gahnite occurrence in Carroll County Georgia (Rocks & Minerals, November-December 1988), "Georgia mineral locality index" (Rocks & Minerals, May-June 1989), and "Phosphate microminerals of the Indian Mountain area," (with C. L. Hollabaugh; Mineralogical Record, July-August 1989), as well as professional papers (published in the Georgia Academy of Science Program Abstracts) on "Topaz: vapor phase mineralogy" (1986) and "Phosphate minerals of the Central Florida Mining District" (1987). He is a past President of the Friends of Mineralogy, and a member of the Mineralogical Association of Canada, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Society of Economic Geologists.

Beau has two children, Amanda (a chemical engineer) and Jake (Jennings B. Gordon, III, a landscape engineer) by his first wife, Nancy Blackwell, and later married Marion Sujeta, who became a partner with him in Jendon Minerals. He retired from the mineral business on December 31, 2006 in order to devote all of his time to his position as a certified Methodist missionary and lay speaker, and as Director of Third Street Ministries in Rome, Georgia, where he works with the homeless.

Recently Beau's 365-specimen collection of high-quality thumbnails was offered for sale on eBay for $93,000.
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