Gordon R. Lang, 1918
B.S., Denison University
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 6, 1964
One of the country’s leading silversmiths and jewelers, Gordon R. Lang greatly contributed to Chicago’s civic and economic life.
Entering business as a salesman, Mr. Lang rose rapidly to vice president and general manager of Black-Starr & Frost-Gorham Jewelers in New York City before becoming president of Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, later becoming director of both firms and president and owner of Spaulding & Tatman in Evanston and Tatman in Chicago. In 1943, he emerged as president and owner of Spaulding & Company, Chicago, adding Loring Andrews & Rattermann Jewelers, Cincinnati, to his list of business enterprises.
He is also a past president of the Chicago Latin School for Boys, director and past president of the Chicago Better Business Bureau, past director of the Chicago Area Project, Chicago Crime Commission, Chicago Retail Merchants Association, and past chairman of the Chicago Planning Advisory Committee. He declined the nomination for mayor of the City of Chicago on the Republican ticket in 1950.