Ray McLean Gordon, teacher, athlete

Ray M. Gordon
Ray M. Gordon
Posted: October 13, 2011

Ray McLean Gordon, 80, of Haverford, who won local country club sporting events from the 1960s through the 1990s, died of leukemia Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Lankenau Hospital.

In 1992 and 1993, Mrs. Gordon was president of the Women's Golf Association of Philadelphia, a spokeswoman said.

Before and after her term, Mrs. Gordon was a member of the group's executive committee and of a team that rated golf courses, the spokeswoman said.

Mrs. Gordon was the sister of William L. McLean III, the last of his family to own and operate the Bulletin before it closed in 1982. He died in August 2011.

Born in Philadelphia, she graduated from Chatham Hall in Virginia in 1949 and earned a bachelor's in philosophy at Wellesley College in 1953.

A daughter, Leila Gordon, said that at Wellesley, Mrs. Gordon was president of the student athletic association, and a member of the varsity crew and the basketball, field hockey, and tennis teams.

Mrs. Gordon taught in the elementary grades at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr until 1955, when she married.

Her daughter said that her mother won the 1963 women's tennis championship at the Merion Cricket Club.

And from the '70s into the '90s, she said, Mrs. Gordon won several championships at the Gulph Mills Golf Club.

Mrs. Gordon played in three Senior Women's Amateur Championships of the U.S. Golf Association.

She was a volunteer member of the Women's Board of Lankenau and Its Auxiliaries, and a committee member of the Art Ability Program at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

She was a program organizer for the alumnae group Wellesley-in-Philadelphia, a treasurer of the Friends of Ludington Library in Bryn Mawr and a trustee of the Charter Foundation, a family firm that assists groups serving those in need.

She was a member of the Acorn Club and the Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club in Palm City, Fla.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Gordon is survived by her husband of 56 years, Joseph; sons Hunter and C. Scott; daughter Sarah; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was set for 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at the Church of the Redeemer, 230 Pennswood Rd., Bryn Mawr. Burial is to be private.


Contact staff writer Walter F. Naedele at 215-854-5607 or wnaedele@phillynews.com.

 

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