Andover, MA — Donald Lee Gammon, long time Andover resident, currently of Holliston, Mass., died on April 28, 2013, at the age of 73.
Don Gammon was a recognized expert in plant innovation bringing 30 years of experience in hybridizing plants. He was a patented mechanical inventor, president of the Inventors Association of New England, and now, currently Emeritus.
Mr. Gammon “invented” the industry he dominated for decades; interior landscaping. Using live tropical plants to establish comfort, health and beauty in corporate settings, he served clients such Cambridge Hyatt and John Hancock. He owned and successfully operated five acres of greenhouses to support the tropical foliage needs for his hundreds of clients.
Don was the founder of the certification accreditation for the interior landscape industry for which Mr. Gammon received the number SC-CIH #00001, a recognition awarded only to him for his passion and commitment to the industry. This certification process standardized landscaping requirements throughout the industry. Former First Lady, Rosalynn Carter, invited Mr. Gammon to the White House to received one of her beautification of the United States acknowledgement awards.
Dr. Edwin Land retained Mr. Gammon to design a football-field-size atrium for a research center. For the accomplishment, he received the best U.S. landscape design, interior or exterior, award presented by former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, at the White House. This prestigious award served as Mr. Gammon’s second White House recognition.
Early in his career, the third largest advertising agency in New England, Bo Bernstein, recognized his creativity when they promoted him quickly from copywriter to creative director. At 40, Fathoms Seafoods, a Canadian-based seafood company, he served as vice president, marketing, responsible for all marketing positioning, logo development and package design of their 200 products.
Don received his bachelor degree in marketing/advertising from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
Don is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Norma of 50 years, his two loving daughters, Dainia Langsam and Erin Dumas; sons-in-law, Jon Langsam and Tom Dumas; and five grandchildren, Xander, Bella, Macky, Kaden and Declyn; his brother, Doug Gammon, and many additional family members.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends attended his funeral service on Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine’s Parish, 43 Essex St. in Andover. Visiting hours were at the Conte Funeral Home, located at 28 Florence St., Andover, on Tuesday, April 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, and those wishing to remember Don may do so by making memorial donations in his name to the Andover Historical Society, 97 Main St., Andover, MA, 01810. For online condolences, please visit www.contefuneralhomes.com.