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Mildred Gordon, 77, Psychiatrist

September 21, 2011
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Mildred Gordon

Mildred Gordon, 77, a psychiatrist, died Aug. 11, at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center.

Born in Philadelphia, Gordon was a graduate of Girl's High School. She earned a degree in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956.

Gordon moved to Reading, Pa., in 1957, where she was employed as a chemist at the Bollman Hat Company. She then matriculated to Kutztown University where she earned her teaching degree in 1963. She went on to teach Latin, French, German, chemistry, math and physics.

After a two-year teaching career, she enrolled at the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania earning her Ph.D. in psychiatry. She later interned at the Eastern Psychiatric Institute. She then went to work at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center psychiatric department for 39 years. Conjointly, she was in private psychiatric practice for 25 years.

Gordon was also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the medical school at Temple University and she earned an honorary doctorate from Drexel University, the successor university of Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

She received a Distinguished Alumni award from Girl's High School for her endeavors in the field of psychiatry and the Jasper G. Chen See award from the Caron Foundation.

She was one of the initiators of the Governor's Council on Drugs and Alcohol under Governor Shapp's administration and served a four-year term on the council.

Gordon is survived by her husband, Ivan Gordon; daughter Radene Gordon-Beck; brother Paul Gross; a grandson; and a niece.

Memorial contributions can be made to: the Reading Jewish Federation, P.O. Box 14925, Reading, PA 19612-4925.

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