Dr. Jack J. Gordon, 83, who practiced dentistry for more than 50 years, died Sept. 15. He was a resident of Northeast Philadelphia.
A graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry, Gordon served as an extern at Hahnemann Hospital, and as a resident at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. He also served on the clinical faculty of Temple's School of Dentistry in the department of community dentistry, and as an attending physician at Philadelphia Gen- eral Hospital's Dental Residency Program.
Gordon also served as district dental supervisor; chief of research and resources; and director of the division of dental health with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. As director, he was responsible for the development of a procurement system for the city that simplified and streamlined the purchase of supplies, with cost-saving benefits to the city and administrative benefits to the division of dental health. He received recognition for his services, including a letter of commendation from Mayor Frank Rizzo and Mayor W. Wilson Goode.
His professional affiliations include the American Board of Dental Public Health, the Pennsylvania Public Health Association, the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association and the American Association of Public Health Dentists.
During World War II, Gordon served as a medic, and as a captain of the U.S. Dental Corps in the Korean war.
He received numerous citations and awards for his contributions to public health.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Beth Gordon; a sister, Leona Haimowitz; and a brother, Edward Gordon. He was predeceased by his wife, Leonore Ruth Gordon, and sons Joel Gordon and Hal Gordon.
Memorial contributions may be made to: the Prader-Willi Syndrome Association, 5700 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242.