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
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
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.
Published in Legacy from Jun. 30 to Jul. 1, 2020.