Mildred Jones Gordon, 83, a member during the 1930s of the old D.C. Board of Public Welfare, died Friday at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a stroke.
She was appointed to the board in 1934. At that time, it was an independent body that set policy on city welfare matters although its budget was handled by the District Board of Commissioners. Later the board was scrapped in favor of a D.C. welfare department.
Mrs. Gordon was born in Elmira, N.Y. She graduated in 1917 from Wellesley College, where she had majored in economics and sociology.
She was employed for 10 years as a research worker for the U.S. Women's Bureau, where she studied legislative matters with special attention to mothers' pension laws.
In 1928, the bureau published a bulletin, "The Development of Minimum Wage Laws in the United States, 1912 to 1927," which was written by Mrs. Gordon on the basis of a study she had directed.
She had been active in the Women's Trade Union League for Washington, serving as its vice president in the early 1930s. She also belonged to the D.C. League of Women Voters, and was a member of both its women's joint congressional committee and the committee on government and economic welfare.
A resident of Washington since 1917, Mrs. Gordon had been an active member of the Sulgrave Club and belonged to the Chevy Chase Club.
She was the widow of Spencer Gordon, a well known Washington trial lawyer, who died in 1950.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Spencer Gordon Jr., of Chey Chase, and three grandchildren.