Dr. Virgil Gordon
Dr. Virgil Gordon, in his Last Will & Testament, bequeathed his estate to the Sealy Public Library, then operated by Austin County, for the purpose of constructing, establishing, furnishing, and maintaining a public library in Sealy, Texas. This bequest became vested with the Sealy Public Library on the conditions that the Sealy Public Library: 1.) Became incorporated as a Texas non-profit corporation, 2.) Empowered the co-executors of the Gordon Estate with the authority to establish a Board of Directors to manage the affairs of this corporation, and 3.) Agreed that the Library be named and perpetually called the “Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library.”
The Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library received its charter from the State of Texas on March 23, 1979, and W.F. Remmert, Dale Dycus, and Frank Koy were appointed as the initial Board of Directors. The current Board of Directors of the Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library consists of Frank Vecera, William Moehl, Marie Landry, Patsy Novosad, & Jeanne Zander. The Library, at its present location, 917 North Circle Drive, was constructed on 1.182 acres of land in 1979. The remainder of the funds from the Gordon Estate were then invested by the Board of Directors, in accordance with the Last Will and Testament of Dr. Gordon, to generate revenue to run and maintain the Library.
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Manager – Joyce Williams
The Library also houses the Gordon Memorabilia Room. This room displays several books from Dr. Gordon’s private collection and other memorabilia pertaining to his personal interests and profession.
Our Mission & Vision
Through shared vision, resources and commitment to excellence, the Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library will accomplish its mission of enhancing the quality and scope of public library service to the citizens of the city of Sealy and the surrounding area. The Library will provide materials and services to help community residents obtain information meeting their personal, educational, and professional needs. Special emphasis is placed on supporting students at all academic levels and on stimulating young children’s interests and appreciation for reading and learning.
The Friends of the Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library exist to build a partnership between the Library and the community to advocate for quality library service for all the people of Sealy, Texas and surrounding community.