Dorothy J Shields

June 2, 1935October 16, 2012
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Dorothy Jones Shields, retired Director of the AFL-CIO Education Department, died peacefully surrounded by family at Copper Ridge Nursing Home in Sykesville, MD on October 16, 2012, following a Parkinson’s-like illness.

Born in New York, NY on June 2, 1935, Mrs. Shields moved with her family to the Washington, D.C. area after World War II. She was a graduate of Notre Dame Academy (Class of 1953) and Trinity College in DC (Class of 1957, now Trinity Washington University). Mrs. Shields worked from 1964 to 1972 for the public relations and development office at Trinity. In 1972, Mrs. Shields joined the staff of the Education Department of the AFL-CIO, and in 1980, she was honored to become the first woman appointed to a senior management position at the AFL-CIO, when she was promoted to the post of Director of the Education Department. She served in that position until her retirement in 1996.

During her career with the national labor federation, Dorothy was active on numerous boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Trustees of the George Meany Center for Labor Studies in Silver Spring, MD, the Panel of Consultants on Workers Education for the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Board of Trustees of the Joint Council on Economic Education. In addition, she was active in the community, serving on the Parish Council and School Board for St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly, MD, on the Board of Trustees of Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD, and on the Board of Trustees of Trinity College. After her retirement, Mrs. Shields moved to Leisure World of Silver Spring and became active in St. Raphael’s Catholic community in Rockville, MD. She was honored with the Order of Merit in 2002 by the Archdiocese of Washington for her service to the Catholic Church.

Mrs. Shields is survived by her daughter, Mary Barker Bachinger (Chris) of Fairfax, VA, her son, Paul David Barker, Jr. (Amy) of Highland, MD, her stepson, Alfred Allyn Shields of Rupert, WV, her sister, Ann Jones Kittler of Bossier City, LA, four grandchildren, Matthew and Kathleen Bachinger, and Fernando and Grace Barker, and other extended family. Mrs. Shields was married to the late Henry W. Shields of Cheverly, MD on January 1, 1972. He preceded her in death in 1992. A prior marriage to Paul D. Barker of Rockville, MD ended in divorce.

Visitation will be held at Joseph Gawler's Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016 on Monday, October 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Rd., Potomac, MD 20854. Interment immediately following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20906. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Attention: Tribute Gifts, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.


  • Visitation Monday, October 22, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Dorothy J Shields

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Sharon Feldman

October 24, 2012

"Don't make any forward surges towards the stage." Dorothy Shields, circa 1985.
Thinking of you May-ree and treasuring having known, and been inspired by, your mom.

Carol (Woodburn) Sabatalo

October 23, 2012

Paul and Mary,
I did not know your Mother well, but knowing the two of you speaks volumes about who she was and what was most important to her. Please know that you and your Mother are in my thoughts and prayers.

Erin Sheerin

October 22, 2012

Mary and Paul,

My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Take care and may she Rest in Peace.

October 22, 2012

Mary and Paul,

My thoughts and prayers are with you both and your families. Take care and may she Rest in Peace, Erin Sheerin.

Cindy Pascal

October 22, 2012

Dearest Mary and Paul,
There is a special place in my heart for Dorothy, my second mom. She was an amazing woman and I truly enjoyed the times I spent with her, listening to stories, laughing, and learning that your are never to old to be a child in a mom's eyes... I am happy that she is now in a better place with the Lord she loves.
I love you both and you are in my thoughts and prayers,

Deborah Woodburn-DeWees

October 21, 2012

Mary and Paul, I want you to know how sorry I am for the passing of your Mom. She has a special place in my heart for the many formative years that she was in my life through my friendship with you. She was always an inspiration to me and I'm grateful for the gift. With great love, Deb Woodburn DeWees

October 20, 2012

Mary, Chris, Paul, Amy and all the grandkids,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your mom is finally at peace. I know that she will be missed and we are sending our love to you all.
Marianne, Tom and Kelley

October 20, 2012

I am so sorry. She was the best mom and she led such an interesting life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Paul and your family...

Love, Eleanor Wilcox

C. Nabor

October 20, 2012

I am truly sorry for your loss. May you be comforted and encouraged by the loving support promised at Psalms 121.