GORDON GEORGIANA SHELDON GORDON Georgiana Sheldon Gordon, age 77, died January 14, 2013 at her home in Arlington, Virginia. Gigi was born in Wilmington, DE on June 28, 1935, a daughter of Georgiana Coxe and George Sheldon Gordon. She is survived by brothers William Griscom Coxe Gordon of N. Augusta, SC, Christopher Sheldon Gordon of Batesville, VA, and a sister, Margaret Priscilla Gordon, of London, England; five nieces and nephews; and by her special friend Robert Schwabauer, of Arlington, VA. Gigi had a lifelong passion for learning, especially languages and cultures. She attended Wellesley College, studied in France and Germany, then graduated from the University of California at Berkley in 1960. She worked at the Library of Congress, and as a Russian language instructor at Howard University. In 1962 she earned a MA from Middlebury College, then worked for the US Information Agency until 1966. Gigi also taught French at the Bel Pre School in Silver Springs, worked for Quaker Press, and was a lecturer in Russian at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Later she worked on Russian translation projects with Informatics as a science analyst, and then for the USDA with child nutrition programs, until she retired in 2000. She enjoyed the out-of-doors, especially skiing, hiking, and camping with her friends in the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. In 1979, Gigi was stricken with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, which left her incapacitated. She displayed great determination to return to an independent life, and following rehabilitation recovered a limited ability to walk. She had a wonderful way of appreciating life despite her disability. Gigi loved her garden, classical music, fine art, traveling, and gourmet dining. In retirement, she enjoyed playing the recorder with a group from the Levine School of Music. She was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, the Culpepper Garden Tai Chi Group, and the Arlington Seniors Dining-out Group. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 2 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Monticello Memorial Park, Charlottesville, VA. Online: www.adventfuneral.com/services/georgiana-sheldon-gordon.htm
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 26, 2013