John Gorton Jr. (1958-1981)
As the first manager of the Alfred Tech Lanes, John opened the lanes in 1958 and served as its manager until 1971 when he became a faculty member of the Physical Education Department. During his years at the college, John instructed bowling classes, organized bowling leagues, coached the bowling team and assisted anyone who wanted to become a better bowler.
John coached the ASC bowling team from 1971-1981. In 1972 the men's teams were NJCAA National Runners-up and in 1973 were Regional Champions. The 1974 women's team was first in the Association of College Unions Tournament.
His positive and caring attitude has always been his trademark. He was a superior teacher knowledgable in all aspects of the game. Because of his easy-going personality, John was well-liked by students and colleagues. He is a man that truly portrays the meaning of the word gentleman.
John is one who willingly gives and serves others. He is a veteran of World War II, a member of the Alfred Village Board for 14 years, a member of the Alfred Lions for 33 years and a former fireman and ambulance driver for the local volunteer company.
In 1981 John retired from ASC but is still busy fishing, playing golf and bowling. John resides in Alfred with his wife Fran.