Clara P. Gordon, 91, housing authority official

October 12, 2003

Clara P. Gordon, a retired city housing authority manager and active church member, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 4 at Sinai Hospital. The Park Heights resident was 91.

Born Clara Perry in Windfall, N.C., she moved to Baltimore's Conway Street with her family in 1926. She was a 1931 Frederick Douglass High School graduate.

She joined the Housing Authority of Baltimore City in 1945 as an exterminator and retired in 1988 as an assistant manager at the Broadway Homes in East Baltimore. She had also worked in management at Lakeview Towers, McCulloh Homes, and Wyman House.

Family members said that after Mrs. Gordon raised her children, she enrolled at Morgan State University, where she earned a sociology degree in 1972.

"She was a loving mother and hard worker who encouraged her children to further their education," said her daughter, Clara G. Parker of Baltimore. "When she went back to school, she had children and grandchildren present at her graduation ceremony."

Mrs. Gordon was active in the Progressive Baptist Convention of Maryland and the United Missionary Baptist Convention. She was also a member of the Elks of Southern Temple No. 30 and Waxter Center High Steppers.

Her husband of many years, Harvey E. Gordon Sr., died in 1997.

Services were held yesterday at Leadenhall Baptist Church, 1021 Leadenhall St., where she had been president of the Willing Workers, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and belonged to the Missionary Department and Senior Citizen Fellowship. In May, she was recognized as the church's oldest member.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Gordon is survived by four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A son, Harvey E. Gordon Jr., died in 1993.

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