Joan Gordon

Joan Gordon

Joan Gordon (Marder), 90, of Summit died Jan. 19, 2013. Born in East Orange, she had resided in Orange, Maplewood, and South Orange before moving to Summit in 2008.

After working at Scientific American magazine and L. Bamberger’s (now Macy’s), Mrs. Gordon taught school in West Orange and Orange. At the time she was given a provisional teaching license and was required to earn 30 further academic pedagogy units while teaching. She was one of the first to accomplish this requirement at Newark State College (now Kean University). After three years of teaching, she received her permanent teaching certificate.

She graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood and Barnard College in New York City with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

She did volunteer work at the Red Cross of East Orange. She was a member of Temple Sinai for many years, a member of the Summit College Club and its publicity chairman for a few years, and a member of the Canoe Brook Association.

Predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, Joseph, in 2008, she is survived by two sons, Robert Charles of Quakertown, Pa., and Michael Seth of Summit; and a brother, David Marder of Punta Gorda, Fla.

Services were held Jan. 23 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.

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