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Marjorie "Marty" Gordon Marjorie, or Marty as she was known, was born in the Republic of Panama on May 26, 1924. She died peacefully surrounded by her family on November 25, 2011. Marty left Panama to study architecture at the University of Texas. She met her husband, Bob Gordon, a business executive for Standard Oil, in San Francisco. They married in 1951. The Gordons raised their family in a house that Marty designed in Mill Valley. In 1965, the Gordons bought and remodeled a wonderful old house in Belvedere. Marty had a small architectural practice, served on the Belvedere Tiburon Landmarks Society and on the board of San Francisco Architectural Heritage. Marty returned to the University of California, Berkeley, to earn a Masters of Architecture in 1982. Marty taught History of Architecture at the Academy of Art College. Through Heritage she developed creative and popular programs for teaching San Francisco children about their architectural heritage. Her work was presented at a UNESCO conference and was written up in National Trust magazine. In 1993, Marty drafted a preservation ordinance for Belvedere's historic architecture, which led to the designation of 16 historic structures and the creation of a Historic Preservation Committee to oversee their continued protection. In recognition of this work, Marty was named Belvedere's Citizen of the Year in 1995. Sadly, Bob died in 1993. Marty was blessed again with love after she met Ray Johnson on an art museum tour in New York. She and Ray spent happy years seeing art together and thoroughly enjoying each other's company. Marty takes great pleasure in her family: her daughters Holly, Tinka and Gail, her sons in law David Pearce and Arnie Fischman, and her grandsons, Daniel, Jeremy and Max, who all survive her. A memorial service will be held at Old Saint Hilary's Church in Tiburon on Tuesday December 27 at 4:00 pm. As there is no parking at St Hilary's, there will be a shuttle service from the southeast corner of Tiburon Blvd and Beach Rd, beginning at 3:30. The family wishes that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Belvedere Community Foundation; The Belvedere-Tiburon Library; The Belvedere-Tiburon Landmarks Society and San Francisco Heritage.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2011
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