In 1972, Jordan was named Engineer of the Year by the Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers, and in 1980, he was named to the Solar Hall of Fame. He was a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow and president of ASHRAE, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jordan was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1975. After his retirement, he became an associate dean of the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology, a post he held until 1985.
Jordan enjoyed vacationing with his family at an island cabin on Lake Kabetogama in northern Minnesota. While on the island, informally know as Retreat from Reason, he fished and went boating and put his talents to use installing water and electrical systems. His love of travel began with trips to Montana in his childhood and to Mexico in the 1930s, and he and his wife, Freda, visited more than 67 countries. Jordan led an active social life with colleagues and friends at the University of Minnesota. He also took a keen interest in his daughters’ and grandchildren’s educations.
Benjamin Liu, a retired Regents Professor of Mechanical Engineering, called Jordan a visionary and pioneer who had the ability to recognize talent. Liu said that, at a time when science and engineering were considered separate disciplines—with science focusing on nature and engineering on mechanics—Jordan worked to combine the two fields. He was also a terrific fundraiser.
Jordan’s wife of 66 years, Freda Laudon Jordan died in January 2006. He is survived by his daughters Mary Ann Jordan and her husband David Johnson, Carol (Wolfgang) Wawersik, and Linda (John) Cogdill; four grandchildren Andrea Lommen, Kate Lommen, Matthew Wawersik, and Stefan Wawersik; and five great grandchildren.
Jordan was a legend in the field of mechanical engineering whose legacy will last for a very long time.