James L. Jordan M.D.
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Following a brief and private battle with cancer my life ended on June 6, 2016. As a descendant from a pre-Gold Rush family I was born on May 15, 1952, in Stockton, California, to parents J. Roland Jordan Jr. and Joyce L. Jordan.
My undergraduate studies were completed at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Traveling east to New York, my medical degree was received from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. With intentions of a permanent residence on the West Coast, I returned to California where further medical training and fellowship were completed.
A few spontaneous events intervened with my intentions. The first event arrived as an offer and acceptance of employment in Vermont as an Emergency Medical Physician at the Rutland Hospital, now the Rutland Regional Medical Center. During my tenure, I was a satisfied participant of a small group who effectively lobbied for the conversion of a local funeral home ambulance service to a professional ambulance service, Regional Ambulance Service. Additionally, I sponsored two exceptionally accomplished Rutland City firefighters in successfully becoming Vermont's original, equipped and qualified paramedics. After dedicating almost 20 years to this area of expertise, I left Emergency Medicine in pursuit of a more personally rewarding profession in Sports Medicine.
The next event was the acquisition of a hilltop property. With an irreplaceable setting this inspirational playground integrated views, privacy and a direct access for a diverse range of outdoor entertainment that offered all of my valued activities. Knowing that I found my bucolic tranquility, I knew I would never leave Vermont. The California coast became my second home, where I often returned for leisure that included backpacking, running, cycling, sailing, hiking, skiing, extended vacations and countless, memorable family reunions.
The final event materialized as a result of being a life-time skier. In 1980, Dr. Barry Ellman, Lindsay MacCuaig and I founded the Killington Medical Clinic, located at the base of Killington Mountain. It was this event that permitted me the locality to achieve my dedicated focus on Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Together, we shared a unique and enjoyable practice. We considered this opportunity to be the perfect combination of balancing a professional medical service with a personal and recreational passion. We especially enjoyed the fresh powder of early morning skiing prior to the clinic opening. During my tenure, I was privileged to serve as the Medical Adviser for the Killington Ski Patrol, where I developed the deepest regard for their difficult and unpredictable challenges. As one of the original practicing physicians, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there for almost 25 years. Following a change in partnership, then years later, the sale of the practice to RRMC, my tenure ended in 2004.
For the remainder of my medical profession I spent an additional number of years practicing part-time at the Castleton Medical Clinic in Urgent Care before my illness led to an early retirement. I had the great fortune to witness and work with so many exceptional, highly skilled, deeply devoted, hard-working and compassionate caregivers during the totality of my medical allegiance. Your steadfast support, respect, comradeship, loyalty, admiration and friendship were received with heartfelt gratitude.
I am survived by my precious wife, Nan; immediate and extended loving family in California, Oregon and Vermont; dear friends and valued colleagues. Private commemorations will be held at my residence and at my family's cabin in the High Sierra Nevada Mountains.
In addition to a fulfilled and successful life in Vermont, I maintained an eternal affection for Maine, New York, Sierra Nevada and Monterey, California's Big Sur Coast. Robinson Jeffers, considered to be the poet laureate of the Monterey Coast, shared a liberating interpretation of the relationship between man and nature. Eloquently, he validated a profound appreciation for man's connection to the natural world. The quality of his words best distills the essence of my missive better than any feeble endeavor of self-elucidation:
I admired the beauty / While I was human, now I am part of the beauty.
I wander in the air, / Being mostly gas and water, and flow in the ocean;
Touch you and Asia / At the same moment; have a hand in the sunrises /And the glow of this grass. / I left the light precipitate of ashes to Earth / For a love-token.

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Published in Rutland Herald from Jun. 9 to Jun. 10, 2016.
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June 14, 2016
Your husband was an inspiration for many in many, many ways. He was a caring human, talented athlete, inquisitive scientist, accomplished inventor and thoughtful physician. As a physician his patients were always first. He took and lived the Hippocratic Oath very seriously. "Primum non nocere" is an important enduring part of medical care and Jim lived that better in his career than any physician I know.
I am humbled to read his obituary in the Herald. So quietly accomplished.
Please know your husband left the world a better place because of his dedication and love.
I am one of his many colleagues who grew from knowing him. His humanity continues.
I hope that brings you comfort.
Melbourne Boynton
June 14, 2016
Nan i was sorry to hear of Jim's passing my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Matt Keith
Matt Keith
June 14, 2016
I'm so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Please let me know if you need anything at all. Heather LaPorte
June 13, 2016
Nan, I'm very sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
June 12, 2016
to my dear friend Nan, and family-
I love you and am so glad of all the wonderful times and memories I have of Jim and you from the beginning of your life together. Working with you both at RRMC and KIllington Clinic brought us all even closer. I admire all Jim has done and will always treasure the talks I had with him. He was an amazing athlete- and just an all around wonderful person. I want you to know I am here for you always and hope you know you can count on me for whatever you may need. Love to you.
Laurie Cornelius
June 12, 2016
Nan,I'm so sorry. I haven't known you as long but you mean so much to me. I will continue to keep you and Jim in my prayers.
Katie Miglorie
June 12, 2016
Nan...Debbie and I send heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.. Remember the loving memories.. celebrate the good times...hold memories close to the heart...thinking and praying for you and your family. God Bless and God Speed...
Debbie & Mark Ruskin
June 11, 2016
Dearest Nan
I was so sad to learn of Jim's passing. He was a great mentor to me on my emergency medical work and life in general. He had great views and thoughts. My children are also saddened as they adored him. I am so thankful he had you in his life. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Gerbil, Rob, Liz Stahle
June 11, 2016
Nan,So thankful that Jim had you in his life. You know how much my family and I loved him. He was amazing in so many ways. Truly the big brother I never had. We will always keep him and you in our hearts. Love, Nancy and Bill
June 11, 2016
To Dr Jordan's Family, I'm so sadden, I worked with him at CFHC,but mostly I'm alive because of him, he diagnosed and treated me for an uncommon tick infection. He had a beautiful spirit. He will be missed by all.
Patti Kent
June 11, 2016
Nan, my prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Love Aunt Jack
June 10, 2016
I am so sorry for the loss we all share. Like many others I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Jim in the "old ED" at RRMC.
I got to know him when I was a Rutland City Police officer. He was a special man. The minute you met him you liked him, just that kind of a person. He took care of me several times. We would sometimes just stop up to see on duty just because. He did so much for the city fire paramedic program. He will be missed by me and every other person that ever knew him.
Bill Colton
June 10, 2016
Jim Jordan was the first MD to get me through the Physical Pain and suffering of my diagnosis of adult onset Muscular Dystrophy. He showed me all the exercises for P.T. and was my knight in shining armor with positivity. Nan, I am deeply sorry for your loss. He will be remembered in our household forever.
Brenda Hillier
June 10, 2016
Nan, I am deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was an amazing man and physician. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love, Gail
Gail Ryan
June 10, 2016
Nan, I am deeply saddened by Jim's passing. I will forever remember my time working with him at the Medical Clinic. Always a smile, his patience and good humor. He was truly a great man! My thoughts and prayers are with you Nanner
Tracy Bellomo
June 10, 2016
I was not fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work with him. I was fortunate, however, to know him as your husband.
You two were absolutely beautiful together, complimented each other perfectly.
I am so very sorry for your loss, and the great loss to this world.
I hope he has peace and happiness in the next.
My dear, sweet, amazingly strong friend, I am here for you always.
Ally my love,
June 10, 2016
Nan. I am deeply saddened by Jim's passing. My heart goes out to you & the family. Just remember I am here for you! God Bless!
Rose Leon Guerrero
June 10, 2016
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. He was a wonderful physician and amazing human being.
Jodi Gibeault
June 10, 2016
Nan, So sorry for your loss. Jim was an amazing,kind, intelligent, compassionate man. I enjoyed my time working with him. He will be missed.
My thoughts & prayers are with you,
Linda Albertazzi
June 10, 2016
Dr. Jordan was the doctor in the emergency department who understood what emts, working in the field, as volunteers on rescue squads, went through. He was there to help us. He was patient, kind, and understanding. Many years ago, he took care of our daughter, after she had fallen from the upper ladder on the swing set. She was 7 yrs. old when this happened and had broken her back. I will always remember how wonderful he was to her and my family. Our world has lost an amazing man from emergency services. Fly high with the Angels ! You have earned it!!!
June 10, 2016
Sorry for your loss.
Jim was a very accomplished, compassionate Doctor that was respected by many.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Mary Goodchild
June 10, 2016
Jim was amazing. He showed us all the value of life and how to live. He was so special. My love and prayers are both for you during this very sad and difficult time.
Cathy Ferraro
June 10, 2016
Jim was one of those people that always had "the shine" about him. It was clear he was a very caring and intelligent physician. As a police officer/detective he always went the extra step to help us with not only our own injuries from being on the job, but those of the people we brought into the ER. Jim was the total package; a very cool guy. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Guy Paradee
June 10, 2016
Nan: I was deeply saddened to learn of Jim's passing. He was a great Doctor, but more then that, a true friend. Working with Jim was a honor and a privilege, not to mention a lot of fun. Without Jim and the other members of the ED Staff, there might not have been a Paramedic Program in Rutland. To know Jim was to love him. Gary & Chris Gregorio
June 10, 2016
Nan, So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.I remember fondly the times working with Jim in the E.D.(and you!). God bless you.
Steve Mailhiot
June 10, 2016
I did not know him, but after reading this, I wish I did.

Norman Cohen
June 9, 2016

I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Although I have not seen either of you in some years, living in Burlington since 1992, he stands out as one of the most special physicians, colleagues, friends and mentors I have ever known & worked with during our years at the RRMC ER. He was and still is a Shining Light which illuminated all of us who had the privilege to know him.
Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, Nan, and sending you my Love,

Mo Dwyer
Maureen Dwyer
June 9, 2016
Nan I am so to here about Jim, I loved working with him in the ER. My thoughts are with, and you are in my Prayers.
Linda Hampton
June 9, 2016
There are no words. Such sadness but also so much gratitude for having known and worked with someone so unique, kind & generous with his gift. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nan, as well as the rest of Jim's family and huge circle of friends.
June 9, 2016
Nan, I am so sorry. He was well respected and admired as are you. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Sylvia Wallett
June 9, 2016
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. What a great man and great physician. He will truly be missed.
Nancy & Jack Chase
June 9, 2016
Nan, I have many great memories of working with Jim in the ED. He was always a class act and he radiated the love he had for his patients and staff during every shift he worked. I always looked forward to working those shifts with him. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers...
Jeanne Raiche
June 8, 2016
Nan, Jim was a remarkable man and a great physician. It was a privilege to have worked with him. I admired and respected the way he lived his life. He got it. My sympathy gos out to you
Betty Sabotka
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