Dorothy Jones Shields, union officer

November 1, 2012
Dorothy Jones Shields
Union officer

Dorothy Jones Shields, 77, who retired in 1996 as director of the AFL-CIO union’s education department, died Oct. 16 at Copper Ridge Nursing Home in Sykesville, Md.

She had a neurological disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease, said her son, Paul Barker.

Dorothy Jones was born in New York City and moved to Washington after World War II. She graduated in 1953 from Notre Dame Academy and in 1957 from what then was Trinity College in Washington.

She was a public relations and development officer for eight years at Trinity before joining the AFL-CIO in 1972. As director of the education department, she was involved in such issues as continuing education for workers and public education.

She had served on the board of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Shields was also a member of the parish council and school board of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly and the board of Trinity College.

In 2010, she moved to Copper Ridge from the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring.

Her first marriage, to Paul Barker, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Henry W. Shields, whom she married in 1972, died in 1992.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Mary Bachinger of Fairfax County and Paul D. Barker Jr. of Highland, Md.; a stepson, Alfred A. Shields of Rupert, W.Va.; a sister; and four grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes