Gordon A. “Bud” Durna, GWSB BBA ’66, Captain United States Navy (retired), passed away January 3, 2012. He was born November 19, 1919, in New York City, N.Y., to Clement and Alice Durna. Captain Durna attended New York University, Kansas University and graduated in 1966, from George Washington University in Washington D.C., with a B.B.A degree.
Captain Durna enlisted in the Navy in October 1941, and became a Naval Aviator in October 1942, serving with dive bombing squadrons in the Pacific. He was awarded the Navy’s highest decoration, the Navy Cross, as well as the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and numerous other commendations and medals during the course of his 29 year Naval career.
After retirement from the Navy, Captain Durna did promotional and Business Development work for Home Federal Savings and Loan in San Diego, Calif. In June 1943, Captain Durna married Doris J. Livingston, of Columbus, Ohio. In 1982, Bud and Doris retired to Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Wash., where they spent 17 wonderful years before relocating to Rogue Valley Manor in Medford, Ore. On June 28, they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary.
Captain Durna is survived by his wife, Doris Durna; two children, Sandra (Dick) Heaman, of Manzanita, Ore.; and Robert Durna, of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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