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Russ Jordan 1936 - 2010 The world for all who knew him will never be the same. Russ Jordan passed away in his sleep on January 28, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. He was a true "Renaissance Man" with a vast knowledge of languages, literature, art, politi cs, film, theater, human nature and sports. His sense of humor, wit and one liners was legendary. His sense of humor was instinctive, reactive, and hilarious. Anyone who ever spent time with him can recite many of his timeless and memorable gems. Russ loved the beach and you could often find him sitting by the bay reading his book or enjoying time with his friends and family. He was a college professor in disguise as a laid-back beach guy. Born September 21, 1936, Russ grew up on St. Joseph Ave in Belmont S hore. In 1953, he graduated from Wilson High where he excelled as a student and athlete; particularly in football and track and field. He was awarded Wilson's Track Athlete of the Year and still holds the 180 yard hurdle record. He was also an excellent tennis and beach volleyball player who loved to surf. After graduating, Russ took a year off and traveled with his buddies to Europe. He next attended Whittier College as a freshman football player before transferring to Cal State Long Beach, where he later received his Masters degree. In 1960, he began teaching German and coaching football and track at Wilson. He later taught at Millikan. From 1974 until retiring in 1986, he taught at LBCC. During his tenure, he filled many roles including Dean of Education, Athletic Director, associate professor of physical education and women's tennis coach. Even after retirement, Russ continued mentoring prospective teachers. In 2007, Russ was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame along with other foundin g members of the HB Surf Club. Russ is survived by his wife Kathy; his children, Erik and Jennifer; his granddaughter, Lyla; his brother, Tom Jordan and numerous life long friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Karin. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Bayshore Community Church, 5100 E. The Toledo, Long Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Russ Jordan Memorial Scholarship - awarded to a LBCC education student: Long Beach City College F oundation, 4901 E Carson St, Mail Code B12, Long Beach, CA 90808.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on Feb. 2, 2010
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