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April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31

Dr. Jordan, Penn Medicine Board & Former Faculty Member


Dr. Henry A. Jordan, M’62, RES’67 and an inaugural member of the Penn Medicine Board, passed away April 19 following a brief illness. He was 73 years old.

Dr. Jordan graduated from Harvard University, earned his medical degree from Penn’s School of Medicine, and took his residency there as well. A former director of the Institute for Behavioral Education, he was a former clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Penn. His specialty was behavioral modification, and he had written books on healthy diets, including Eating is OK. For 20 years, Dr. Jordan was executive director of the Claneil Foundation, Inc., which awards grants to non-profit organizations throughout the Delaware Valley, focused on the environment, health and human services and education.

Dr. Jordan’s civic and philanthropic interests ranged far and wide. He was president of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, Inc.; a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Parks Conservation Association; a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; founder and emeritus chairman of the Chester County Community Foundation; and emeritus chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He was the recipient of numerous awards for his philanthropic commitments.

At Penn, Dr. Jordan served as a member of the Penn Medicine Executive Committee and was also chair of its Development Committee and served as class agent for the medical school Class of 1962 for many years. His successful and visionary fundraising efforts for both the School of Medicine and his class have had a lasting effect on Penn. He was the first recipient of the School’s Medical Alumni Service Award, and he also received the Alumni Award of Merit from Penn Alumni. A former president of the Medical Alumni Society, he served for four years on the Executive Committee of the Penn Medicine Alumni Society. More recently, he and his wife established the Jordan Center for Gynecologic Cancer at the Abramson Cancer Center, which is housed in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at Penn.

With his wife, Dr. Jordan would host members of the Class of 1962 in their home each reunion year and served as chair of the Class of 1962’s 25th Reunion. In addition, the Jordans especially loved meeting the students who received Jordan Family Endowed Scholarships.

Dr. Jordan is survived by his wife, Barbara “Barrie” McNeil Jordan, and their five children.

Memorial donations may be made in Dr. Jordan’s name to Penn Medicine’s Jordan Family Endowed Scholarship fund c/o Penn Medicine Development, 3535 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 or to the Preservation Trust of Vermont, 104 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401.



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Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31