Gordon H. Clow
October 23, 2012
After graduating OHHS, I attended Severn School in Severna Park, MD for one year prior to my acceptance at the U.S. Naval Academy. Graduated USNA in 1964 with a B.S. in Engineering. Commissioned as Ensign, USN and was ordered to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. Completed flight training in 1965 and ordered to a Navy P-3 squadron in Patuxent River, MD. Served with VP-8 for three years flying anti-submarine missions and also missions in support of the Vietnam War (1966). Ordered to Washington duty in 1968 as a technical project manager. Released from active duty in October 1969. Affiliated with the Naval Reserve and served in a reserve P-3 squadron and also in the Pentagon until 1985 until I retired as a Captain.
I was employed as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in Washington, D.C. from late 1969 until April 1973. Attended graduate school at American University from 1973 to 1975 and was awarded an MBA in 1975. I joined Potomac Research (PRI) in McLean, Virginia and served as a project manager for government projects involving data processing. In 1979, when PRI was acquired by EDS (Ross Perot’s company) another individual and I co-founded our own competing firm, Vanguard Technologies Corporation. The company was engaged in providing professional data processing services to the Federal Government. At Vanguard, I held executive level responsibilities for line management, strategic and long range planning, marketing, proposal development, budgeting and contract work. We took the company public in May 1986 with a listing on the American Stock Exchange. After reaching a level of 1600 employees, Vanguard was acquired by Cincinnati Bell in July 1988. I took advantage of the buyout to “pursue other opportunities.”
Over the past several years, I have been active in several small technology businesses, participating as both a board member and an equity owner. I also was instrumental in the development and publication of a book entitled “Ethics for the Junior Officer”, a compilation of actual case studies involving ethical decision making, which was presented annually as a gift from my USNA Class of 1964 to each member of the graduating seniors for 15 years. The book was then transitioned to an on-line version which is now used by all Navy Commands. My hobbies include golf, travel, wine collecting and reading. My wife Bernadette and I have been married since 2005 and we share the love of four children; Lori Clow, PhD, Michael Clow, Amanda Dove and Alan Newton. We currently reside in Annandale, Virginia.