Robert E. Jordan III

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JORDAN ROBERT ELIJAH JORDAN, III (Age 73) Died on May 14, 2010 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife Deborah A. Jordan, of Sarasota; three daughters, Janet Harding, Jennifer Dunnebacke, and Maggie Jordan; one son, Robert E. Jordan IV; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Bob enjoyed being around his family and friends. He was a great storyteller: favorite topics were college pranks, courtroom comeuppances, and family history. He loved dogs. It was rare to see him out and about without at least one four-legged friend. He maintained a lifelong enjoyment of model trains, both designing layouts and running them for the entertainment of others. A well respected member of the legal community, Mr. Jordan was former president of the D.C. Bar, and a former executive committee chairman of and partner at the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson since 1971. Prior to joining the firm, he served as General Counsel of the Army, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and in enforcement with the U.S. Treasury. He was considered an expert in legal ethics and conflict-of-interest policy making, and chaired two committees for the D.C. Bar Association that dealt with ethics and professional conduct of members. He was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Military service began with ROTC in college and culminated in the rank of Captain in the Army of the U.S. He was honored to serve as Staff Director, President''s Committee on Equal Opportunity in the Armed Forces, and subsequently Special Assistant for Civil Rights at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he implemented the committee''s recommendations. Bob believed in the volunteerism, duty, hard work, and the uplifting power of education. He inspired this in others, leading by example. He could often be found hammering away at a Christmas in April project or personally arguing a pro-bono case for someone who could not afford an attorney. Over the course of his lifetime, he served in many civic and academic leadership positions, including class president at M.I.T. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Toale Brothers, 40 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his honor to either CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates or the American Civil Liberties Union.

Published in The Washington Post on May 16, 2010
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