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Tom Jordan 1945 ~ 2009 Tom Jordan, dedicated husband of 36 years and father of two wonderful children, died January 26, 2009, in Salt Lake, donating his organs so that others might live.Tom was born August 1, 1945 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to Navy Lt. Hoover, and his wife Jeanne Jordan. He graduated from Western Reserve Academy before attending Oberlin College, majoring in English Literature. After a stint in the army, where he met his wife Charlotte Drost, a Dutch nurse, while skiing in the Austrian Alps, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in English Lit, focusing on 18th century drama. He taught English, Journalism, Film and Theater at the University of Michigan and Texas A&M University, being voted the best teacher there out of a faculty of 144. He left A&M and academia to join the CBS affiliate in Dallas, beginning his career in journalism. As News Bureau Chief with Metro Networks in Salt Lake for the past nine years, he covered economics, politics, the environment, public health, social services and winter sports averaging 10 stories a day. He was voted Ski Utah Journalist of the Year and received the Intermountain Donor Services Outstanding Public Service Award for reporting in those areas. An avid actor and nature lover, Tom had a theater scholarship at Oberlin, performed with the Ypsilanti Greek Theater, was on the Dallas TV series for four years, did extensive commercial work in Texas and Utah, and wrote and acted at the Desert Star Theater in Salt Lake for years. Skiing was his passion, but really just a part of his love of the outdoors, the mountains and unforgettable sunsets. He wanted future generations to enjoy wilderness as he had. He was on the Board of Directors of the Utah Winter Games, Communications Director of Showtime Utah (musical theater) and Kidsave.org (Asian Orphan Adoption). Previously, he had been Voluntary Spokesperson for the Nature Conservancy of Texas, a seven year researcher for the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas, and former Vice-President of the Screen Actors Guild in Utah. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his son, Tim, who lives in Australia; his daughter, Alison, who lives in New Zealand; and his brother, Will, who lives in Rhode Island. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olympus Presbyterian Church, 3280 E. 3900 S. in Salt Lake City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nature Conservancy of Utah, the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, or the Utah Food Bank.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2009
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