Marjorie Gordon, Company President

August 17, 2009|By Jacques Kelly

Marjorie Gordon, a former president of a paper box manufacturing business who was active in numerous civic organizations, died of pancreatic cancer Aug. 5 at her north Baltimore home. She was 80.

Born Marjorie Jane Chor in Baltimore, she was a 1946 graduate of Forest Park High School and attended the Women's College of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before earning a philosophy degree at Goucher College. She received a master's degree in education from the Johns Hopkins University.

A first-grade teacher in the Baltimore County public schools from 1959 to 1961, she was later coordinator of volunteer services programs for Catholic Social Services and co-coordinator of the Ecumenical Conference on Aging.

In the middle 1970s, Mrs. Gordon was coordinator of Center Stage's capital fund drive.

She was the marketing director for L. Gordon Packaging Inc. from 1977 to 1985. When her husband of 25 years, Bertram I. Gordon, died in 1985, she became the company's chief executive officer.

She was the 1967 founder of the local chapter of Panel of American Women. She also served on the board of the Maryland Committee for Day Care of Children, Baltimore's American Jewish Committee, the Shriver Hall Concert Series and the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies.

She was also active in the Baltimore Citizens Planning and Housing Association.

She enjoyed theater, classical music, art museums and reading.

Survivors include four daughters, Amy Schewel of New York City, Judith Gordon of Massachusetts, Sally Jo Gordon of West Chester, Pa., Laura Gliedman of Salt Lake City; a sister, Ilene Guttmacher of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and six grandchildren.

Services were held Aug. 7.

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