James Gordon Gidding

Railroad Attorney

James Gordon Gidding, 82, a retired railroad attorney who lived in Chevy Chase, died of lung cancer July 7 at Casey House hospice in Rockville.

Mr. Gidding was born in Washington Court House, Ohio, and graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 1943. During World War II, he was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge.

He was a 1950 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was on the Law Review and a member of the Raven Society. He also received a master's degree in economics from Ohio State University and a master of laws degree from George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Gidding joined Southern Railway System in 1950, where he worked as solicitor, as general tax attorney and finally as vice president for finance. He joined the Federal Railroad Administration in 1977, retiring as a financial analyst in 1993.

He was a member of the Mayflower Society and was active in the Filson Historical Society, a genealogical group in Louisville.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Joan Hamilton-Littlewood Gidding of Chevy Chase; a son, Michael Gidding of Cabin John; and a sister.