Daniel B. Jordan
1925 - 2020
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Died on June 27 at Clifton Woods care facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. He was 95 and suffering from vascular dementia. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Ruth Jordan, and his children, Nicholas, Samuel, Rebecca, son-in-law Mark, and Anna, and his grandsons, Isaac and Ethan, and a score of friends who mourn his passing.

Born in New York City to Rose Levine Jordan and Isidore J. Jordan. His father was an antiques and fur dealer and his mother was a teacher in the New York City schools. He received his undergraduate degree at NYU and his law degree at NYU law school. He was a member of the New York State Bar, the DC Bar, and the Supreme Court.

He served stateside in the United States Army during WWII and his experiences with racism on the various military bases led him to a lifelong commitment to civil rights. After his military service he became a union organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and was a member of the union's first class for organizers.

He then attended NYU law school, became a union attorney and as general counsel for the Textile Workers Union of America and won a landmark unfair labor practice case against the JP Stevens textile company. He was also general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union and an administrative law judge for the District of Columbia Rental Housing Commission.

A jazz fan since his high school days he listened faithfully to Rob Bamberger and his Hot Jazz Saturday Night program on WAMU.

He was active in the community in the District of Columbia serving on the Board of Mary's Center. He was also an avid craftsman working in wood and iron as a member of the Washington Woodworkers Guild and ABANA, the National Association of Artist Blacksmiths.

A scholarship in his name for minority students has been founded at the Penland School of Craft.

In lieu of flowers please make contributions the Daniel B. Jordan scholarship for minority students at the Penland School of Craft, P.O. Box 37 Penland, NC 28765 or to Mary's Center in the District of Columbia.

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Published in Legacy from Jun. 30 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity to make music with Daniel and Ruth. My very sincere condolences to all.
Janet Ishimoto
July 6, 2020
May your family find peace and solace during this time.
July 6, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the family of Daniel Jordan. May you be comforted in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares for you. He will give you strength and courage to cope with your grief.
Psalm 94:17-19
N. Persaud
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