Dr. Benjamin Gorman died of natural causes, Monday, August 11, 2014. He was 80 years old. Gorman was a University of Florida Professor Emeritus of Sociology. He served as a university faculty member for 37 years, the last 28 of those at U of F, including a term as Department Chair. Before or during his U of F tenure, Gorman held faculty appointments at Adam Mischevitz University (Poland), Boston University, U. Dijon (France), Central State (Oklahoma), Florida State (London), Oklahoma State, U. Trier (Germany), Tulane University, and West Texas State.
Dr. Gorman was born in Bardstown, Ky. He attended Shimer College (Illinois) and received B.A. and PhD. Degrees from Tulane. He was a sometime officer in the Farm Foundation, Midwest Sociological Society, and Southern Sociological Society. He served as a ms. Evaluator for several professional journals book publishers and as a panelist for the National Institute of Health. He published two books and a variety of articles. His research ranged from leadership in the Black community through international differences in labor force utilization to esoteric techniques in quantification. He was awarded grants or contracts from, or served as a consultant to: NIMH, the U.S. Air Force, Florida Dept. Natural Resources, US Dept. Education, state of Texas, and research foundations in France, Germany, Poland, and Spain.
His favorite leisure activities included bridge, food (eating and cooking), poker, and traveling. Gorman is survived by his wife of 62 years, Zelda Joyce. And by his son, Brian Gorman (Bozeman, Mt.) and daughter Gayle Johnston (San Antonio, Tx) and by 5 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Dr. and Mrs. Gorman have been long time supporters of the arts in Gainesville, especially the Hippodrome and Gainesville Friends of Jazz. They have endowed an annual prize for a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Shoud you wish in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any one of these.
There will be a “Remembrance Reception” held in his honor on Monday, August 18th at 3 PM in the Piano Atrium of Oak Hammock (5100 SW 25th Blvd). Hors d’oeuvres, Wine and other refreshment will be served. Dress will be “Day Casual”