Gloria Gordon Getty passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones on December 5, 2021 at her home in Russian Hill in San Francisco.
Gee Gee, as she was known to many, lived a fulfilling life that spanned the declining days of the Wild West in Colorado, the glamor and growth of postwar Los Angeles, and the foghorns, the Dungeness crab and sporting glory of San Francisco. from the 80s to the present day.
Gee Gee was born in Denver, Colorado on November 1, 1930, to May and David Grant Gordon, the founder of a heavy construction company who helped build the Hoover Dam, among other projects.
His grandfather, John Gordon, early in his career as a Wyoming station master, became a Colorado state senator.
She lived in Los Angeles from the 50s to the 70s and moved to San Francisco in the early 80s. She was always smartly dressed and her signature round glasses completed her fashionable look.
Gee Gee loved the city life in San Francisco – frequenting opera, theater, symphony, lectures, and art exhibitions. She was a staunch Giants fan, supporting the team through many years of defeat, as well as three World Series championship glory. She had been a season ticket holder since her days when the team played at Candlestick Park, and has attended spring training and most home games, still wearing the Giants’ orange signature.
Gee Gee also loved to dine in San Francisco and his favorite restaurants were Scoma’s, Presidio Social Club, and Momo’s.
Gee Gee loved to travel and made numerous trips abroad throughout his life, including safaris in Africa, cultural tours in Europe and around the world with National Geographic. She said that the country she would most like to return to was Morocco.
She regularly attended sports games and school shows for her grandchildren. Her house was decorated with countless photos of her beloved family. She loved animals and throughout her life she always owned cats with creative names including Gumps, Angel and Happy Cat.
Gee Gee had many devoted friends and was a wonderful friend herself. She displayed curiosity and interest in everyone, and treated everyone – whether a housekeeper or a head of state – with the same respect.
She was predeceased by her partner of many years, Jack Baedeker, who died in 2012. She is survived by her large and loving family.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from December 24, 2021 to January 9, 2022.