Gordon McWilliams was a devoted board member of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation and an accomplished masters sculler. Gordon and his friend Tom Hull worked closely together to support Emil Kossev’s work with elite scullers at the Pocock Rowing Center. An avid skier and outdoorsman, Gordon discovered rowing later in life and became a passionate and highly competitive sculler who loved nothing more than early morning rows with his close friends. His infectious enthusiasm and dedication to our sport made him a beloved figure around the boathouse. Beyond rowing, Gordon was a talented architect with CNA and a devoted husband and father to his wife Mary and his children, Angus and Kate.
In 1997 and 1999, Gordon won the Men’s Masters 1X in his age category at the Head of the Lake, accomplishments that gave him great joy. In early 2000, Gordon’s life was tragically cut short by an avalanche that struck him while skiing. To honor his memory, the Pocock Foundation established the Gordon McWilliams Endowment in support of elite rowers and the Gordon McWilliams Cup to recognize winners of the Head of the Lake Men’s Masters 1x event. Since its inception in 2001, there have been many winners of this cup. Tom Hull was one of the first. Kent McCleary, Rob Leet, John Christiansen, Hank Koerner, and Bob Heacox were the winners in 2014.