marjorie j. gordon
Sept. 24, 1922 - Nov. 7, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. — Marjorie J. Gordon, 91, died Nov. 7, 2013, in Tucson, of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Mrs. Gordon was born in Elkhart, Ind., on Sept. 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 a B.A. (1949) degree and an M.A. (1951) degree in international relations. At IU she served as activities director for the Foreign Students Orientation Program in the summers from 1950-1952. 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, D.C., from 1961-1963, while her husband served in the U.S. Department of State; in Madison, Wis., from 1963-1967, while he taught at the University of Wisconsin; and in West Lafayette, Ind., from 1967-2001, while he completed his career at Purdue University.
In West Lafayette, she vocally opposed rezoning 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 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 and their wives and two grandchildren.