Marjorie J. Gordon

Marjorie J. Gordon, 91

Marjorie J. Gordon, age 91, died on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in

Tucson, Arizona of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Mrs. Gordon was born in Elkhart, Indiana, September 24, 1922. Graduating from Elkhart High School in 1941, she joined the WAVES (U.S. Navy) during World War II. Following her discharge, she attended Indiana University, receiving B.A. (1949) and M.A. (1951) degrees in International Relations. At I.U. she also served as Activities Director for its Foreign Students Orientation Program in the summers of 1950-2. She married fellow student Leonard H. D. Gordon in 1951.

While accompanying her husband during his military service and academic studies, Mrs. Gordon participated in such diverse activities as serving as a native speaker of English for high school students on Japanese National Radio (1956) and acting as an Instructor for the University of Maryland's Tokyo branch where she taught International Relations to U.S. military officers (1959).

Mrs. Gordon lived in Washington, DC, 1961-3, while her husband served in the U.S. Department of State; in Madison, Wisconsin, 1963-7, while he taught at the University of Wisconsin; and in West Lafayette, Indiana, 1967-2001, while he completed his career at Purdue University. In West Lafayette, she vocally opposed re-zoning efforts by local developers. Appearing in newspaper articles and on local television, she organized the community and successfully prevented the proposed changes.

In 1974 Mrs. Gordon was elected to the West Lafayette City Council, where she maintained her high profile on zoning issues. She also served as a member of the Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission and helped develop new guidelines for community development.

After returning to Bloomington, she and her husband lived at the Meadowood Retirement Community until she entered Autumn Hills: Alzheimer's Special Care Center in 2012.

Mrs. Gordon traveled with her family to Japan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, England, France, Switzerland, and Italy. She is survived by her husband, two sons, their wives and two grandchildren.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2013