Gordon Sewell Caruthers


Email: Gordon.Caruthers@state.tn.us

My Life Since Graduation

After graduation I went to Tennessee Tech and worked during the summers at the Hamilton County Highway Department. Graduated from Tech in 1968 with a BS in Geography/Earth Sciences, got commissioned in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program, and did my active duty in exotic places like Texas and Oklahoma.

After getting out of the service in 1970, I worked as a city and regional planner in west and middle Tennessee, then went to work as an air pollution technologist for the State. In the 1980's, when the Federal and State Superfund programs started up, I became a Superfund site investigator. Most fun job you can imagine, a great mix of hard physical work outdoors and scholarly research and writing in the office, but it's tough and the burnout rate is high. I liked it and became lead investigator of the Site Investigation Unit from 1988 to 1991. In 1991 a
friend was putting together a new Ground Water Management Program for the Department of Environment and Conservation, and I worked in that program until last year. I am now the Enforcement Manager for the Division of Water Supply in Nashville.

Ruth and I met in 1971 and married the next year. She is a paralegal with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, & Caldwell, a law firm in Nashville, and does real estate and corporate stuff for the most part. We live in rural Wilson County with a big, mean cat, a big German Shepherd dog, lots of deer, turkey, snakes, bugs, and other assorted critters. Hunting, fishing, and keeping up an old farm keeps me busy in my spare time. I've also kept up an interest in regional history of the southern Appalachian mountains.