The Main Post Office at 1750 Lundy Avenue was renamed as the Gordon N. Chan Post Office in a ceremony on February 18.
Back in October 2008, the U.S. House and Senate passed Public Law 1110-442 renaming the Lundy Avenue Post Office in honor of Gordon Chan at the request of Congressman Mike Honda (D-Campbell).
“Gordon served in many entities of importance in our valley and was the living example of a business leader who understood that giving back to his community was an honor and a duty for successful citizens such as him,” Honda said. “I thank my colleagues in the House and the Senate for voting to recognize Gordon Chan.”
The first Chinese-American to be appointed to the Santa Clara County Planning Commission, first and only Chinese-American president of the Santa Clara Farm Bureau, he also served on the County’s Redistricting Commission, Trail Commission, Open Space Authority, Cut Flower Commission, and the Fair Board. Chan also served as executive director of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), as executive board member and founder of the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP), and as president of Hee Shen Benevolent Association.
Chan earned a B.S. degree in ornamental horticulture from California Polytechnic University in 1959; that year he married Anita, who he met at their church.
Chan took over family ownership of the T.S. Chan Nursery (located about a mile from the post office), one of Santa Clara County’s largest commercial flower growers.
He died of a heart attack in 2001 (born 1936).