Monday, November 20, 2006

July 3, 1992

Dorothea Edythe Rosenthal Gordon, 74, of 106 Fayette Circle, Fayetteville, died Thursday at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

A native of Pittsburgh, Mrs. Gordon grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and came to the Syracuse area after her marriage in 1940 to Albert Gordon. Mr. Gordon, who died in 1967, was a founding trustee of Onondaga Community College and chairman of the Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital board. After his death, Mrs. Gordon helped establish a scholarship fund at OCC in his memory. The college student center bears his name. Mrs. Gordon was associated many years with Penfield Manufacturing Co., the family wholesale furniture business. Her son, Charles L., is the current president of the firm.

Mrs. Gordon was a member of Temple Society of Concord for more than 50 years. She was president of its Sisterhood, active in its Seniors Group and played with the Temple Bridge Club. She helped develop the temple library and recently endowed a Torah at the temple in honor of her late husband.

Mrs. Gordon was a 1940 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a member of Theta Sigma Phi and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Mrs. Gordon, a 40-year volunteer at Fayetteville Free Library, was also a volunteer for many years at the former Cerebral Palsy Center, now Enable. She was a member and treasurer of Garden Gate Garden Club and parliamentarian of the Embroidery Guild. She studied through the Professional Porcelain Artists Association and was active in the Cherry Valley China Painters and New York State China Painting. She won many awards for her works.

Mrs. Gordon was a member of LaFayette Country Club and its bridge group; the Corinthian Club; Cavalry Club; National Council of Jewish Women; Women's American ORT; and the auxiliary of the Jewish Home of Central New York.

Surviving besides her son of Cazenovia is a daughter, Margery Gordon Burstein of Fayetteville; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Temple Society of Concord. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.Calling hours will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the temple, 910 Madison St. After the services, friends may call at their convenience at the family home. Contributions may be made to Albert Gordon Torah Fund of Temple Society of Concord or the Rabbi Epstein School.

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