Mary P. Gordon, who taught hundreds of Buffalonians to read and communicate better, died Friday in Highland Hospital in Rochester after a long illness. She was 82.
Born Mary Pitts in Pittsburgh, she graduated from Westinghouse High School in that city before attending Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. She graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1945 and, that summer, married Dr. Frederick Gordon Sr., moving to Albany and later, in 1950, to Buffalo.
Mrs. Gordon worked as a reading specialist in the PLUS program in Buffalo public schools in the early 1960s and then became a reading and communications specialist in the city's Educational Opportunity Center for 20 years, retiring in 1985.
She was a charter and lifetime member of the Buffalo Chapter of Girlfriends Inc. (a national social/service group), and was active with United Negro College Fund. She was a master-level bridge player who also enjoyed playing golf and reading.
Her husband, a dentist, died in 1994.
She had been living with her daughter, Dr. Colleen Gordon of Rochester, also a dentist, since having major surgery about four years ago.
Besides her daughter, survivors include three sons, Frederick Jr. and David, both of Buffalo, and Dr. Stephen of Las Vegas; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at noon Tuesday in Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church, 641 Masten Ave. after visiting hours that start at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn.