Mildred E. JordanNurse, teacherMildred Elizabeth Jordan, a...

April 25, 1994

Mildred E. Jordan

Nurse, teacher

Mildred Elizabeth Jordan, a retired registered nurse who was the first black teacher at Johns Hopkins Hospital, died Wednesday at Francis Scott Key Medical Center of complications from sarcoidosis. She was 71.

Mrs. Jordan, who worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital as a nurse and teacher for more than 30 years, also conducted orientations for new hospital employees.

"My mother wasn't so much impressed with the fact of being the first African-American teacher at Hopkins," said her daughter, Patricia Jordan White of Baltimore.

"It was more important to her that she was able to open the door for others . . . she was the guiding light and now others could follow. And it was most important to her that she was able to pass her knowledge on to others."

The former Mildred Elizabeth Molock was reared in Cambridge. She moved to Baltimore in the early 1940s and received an associate of arts degree in nursing from the Community College of Baltimore.

She and her husband, John F. Jordan, were married for 51 years.

Mrs. Jordan, who lived in East Baltimore, frequently shared her nursing knowledge with neighbors, friends and family members, often going out in the middle of the night to assist in an emergency until medical help arrived.

A member of Christ United Methodist Church in Baltimore for more than 35 years, Mrs. Jordan was instrumental in establishing church programs that would help increase health awareness among parishioners and the community. She organized blood pressure and breast cancer programs and was in charge of the church's annual health fair.

After her retirement in 1985, Mrs. Jordan continued to work at health fairs and advise people on health issues.

She was a member of the Licensed Practical Nursing Association, the American Registered Nursing Association, and the United Methodist Women Nursing Unit of Christ United Methodist Church.

Services were to be held at 7 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church, Chase and Washington streets. Burial will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

In addition to her husband and her daughter, Mrs. Jordan is also survived by three other daughters, Dorothea Jordan, Beverly Jordan-Cook and W. Annette Jordan Dredden, all of Baltimore; a brother, Ernest Molock of Wilmington, Del.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association. Margaret M. Bailey, a native of Hampton, Va., who had lived in Baltimore since 1988, died Friday at Deaton Hospital in Baltimore of complications from diabetes.

She was 71. She had moved to Baltimore the year her granddaughter, Megan Roberts, was born.

Mrs. Bailey was born in 1923 in Elizabeth City County, Va., now known as York County. In 1941 she graduated from York County Training School, the local high school. She qualified as a registered nurse in 1944 at the Dixie Hospital School of Nursing, which was affiliated with the then-Hampton Institute, now Hampton University.

In 1948 she married Samuel Bailey. The couple had one child, Maryalyce, who moved to Baltimore to pursue a master's degree in social work at the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Mr. Bailey died in 1970.

Throughout her life Mrs. Bailey held several nursing jobs. She worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Hampton, Va., and other hospitals, a nursing home and in private duty before retiring.

She also was a member of the St. Mary's Chapter No. 4, Order of the Eastern Star, and sang in the Women's Community Chorus of Hampton that often performed with the Harry T. Burleigh Glee Club. She also was known for her volunteer work at two Hampton area churches: New Bethel Baptist Church of York County and Zion Baptist Church of the Phoebus section of Hampton.

When her granddaughter was born, Mrs. Bailey came to Baltimore for an extended vacation that became a permanent move so she could be near the child and her own daughter.

A viewing for her Baltimore friends was to be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the Loring-Byers Funeral Home in Randallstown. Another viewing is scheduled for tomorrow in Hampton, Va., at Smith Brothers Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a wake from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the New Bethel Baptist Church; burial follows in the church cemetery.

In addition to her daughter and granddaughter, Mrs. Bailey is survived by an aunt, Mabel Kearse; a nephew, Eston Howard Jr.; and two great-nephews, Christopher and Otis Howard, all of Hampton, Va.

Pearl Messer

Office manager

Pearl Messer, a homemaker and office manager for many years, died Saturday of cancer at Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown. She was 68.

A native of Pittsburgh who moved to Baltimore as a child, the former Pearl Morgan was a 1944 graduate of Western High School.

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