Gordon Phillips Neeld died recently at his home in Belle Mead, N.J. from complications of a cardiac operation. He was 59 and a longtime summer resident of Menemsha, where he had strong friendships from childhood.

For a number of years he was chief financial officer of The Chapin School near his home. He was also a leader in Habitat for Humanity of New Jersey and the cancer survivors program at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

He is predeceased by his father Richard Hoagland Neeld who, as Dick Neeld, was a recognized jazz collector and broadcaster. Gordon is survived by his wife, Lisa Pagano Neeld; his son, Harrison Pagano Neeld; his mother, the poet Judith Neeld of Menemsha; and his sister, Nancy N. VanderVeen of St. Augustine, Fla., and her children Sara and Scott VanderVeen.

A memorial gathering has been held in New Jersey, with an event planned for next year to celebrate his dedication to the music of the blues and its performers.

Gifts in Gordon’s memory may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, the Blues Foundation HART Fund, or to a charity of your choice.