Judith P. Gordan, a longtime hospital volunteer and museum docent, died of congestive heart failure Monday at her Roland Park home. She was 89.

The daughter of Thomas Carlyle Paterson, a stockbroker, and Thelma Powell Paterson, a socialite, Judith Paterson was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia.


She was a graduate of the Clyde School, a private girls school, in Woodend, Australia. During World War II, she was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy and worked as a secretary at Rose Bay Air Base in Sydney, Australia.

She married Vernon Scott, a Navy lieutenant, in 1945. He died on Leyte, an island in the Philippines, three weeks after their marriage.

In 1946, she moved to Dallas, where she lived for a year with an aunt. In 1947, she moved to New York City and took a position with the Australian consulate general.

She was married in 1951 to Dr. Charles Lee Randol, a Baltimorean, and moved to Chattolanee, near Owings Mills. After the marriage ended in divorce, she moved to Roland Park.

Mrs. Gordan was a longtime volunteer in the Sherwood same-day surgery recovery unit at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She also was a docent at what is now the Walters Art Museum.

She was a gourmet cook and her GBMC colleagues eagerly anticipated her Christmas rum cakes, family members said. She also enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Mrs. Gordan was an expert knitter and needlepointer, and was an avid reader. She was a former member of the Mount Vernon Club.

A memorial gathering will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the clubhouse at Elkridge Estates, 6025 Roland Ave.

Mrs. Gordan is survived by a son, Christopher A.P. Randol of Boulder, Colo.; three daughters, Lucinda Lee Randol and Caroline Randol Cardin, both of Baltimore, and Liz Randol of Santa Fe, N.M.; two sisters, Jill Paterson of Melbourne and Diane Rickards of Sydney, Australia; and four granddaughters. Her marriage to Charles McIntosh Gordan ended in divorce in 1992.