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Wife Of Former Urban League President Dies

December 29, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Shirley Yarbrough Jordan, the wife of former National Urban League President Vernon E. Jordan Jr., died Sunday at a Manhattan hospital after a short illness. She was 48.

Mrs. Jordan, a graduate of Howard University, was a caseworker and supervisor with the Fulton County Department of Welfare in Atlanta until 1965, when she was stricken with multiple sclerosis.

Mrs. Jordan was active in social and community organizations, and with the Multiple Sclerosis Society. She wrote articles for Ebony and Good Housekeeping magazines about her experience with the disease.

Her husband, who served as head of the National Urban League from 1972 to 1982, is a partner in the Washington law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. He was seriously wounded in a May 1980 sniper attack in Fort Wayne, Ind.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jordan is survived by a daughter, her parents and a sister.

Services will be held Tuesday in Manhattan.

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