Dr. William Rand Jordan (Bill) died Friday, October 10, 2014, at UNC Memorial Hospital, where he had attended medical school years earlier. Dr. Jordan was a large, gruff man with a tender heart who, most likely, was UNC’s biggest fan, ever. He was Tarheel born and bred. Dr. Jordan was the third son, born in Wilson, to Elizabeth Hereford Jordan and Edward Bryant Jordan, who both preceded him in death. He inherited their brilliance, their love for reading, and their rapid-fire wit. The fifth child, and only girl, Lillian Jordan Rawleigh, also preceded Dr. Jordan in death.
Dr. Jordan’s causes, commitments, and passions ran deep. As a friend said, “Other people take bites out of life. Bill took gulps.” So while he leaves behind a long list of accomplishments, he also leaves the many people he loved, who in turn loved him back. Many of them spent hours sitting with him, watching ballgames with him, and just watching over him during his protracted bouts with pneumonia these past few years.
Dr. Jordan graduated from UNC undergraduate school with a BA in English(1965), graduated from UNC Medical School(1970), completed a UNC Pathology Fellowship(1969), completed his internship and residency in surgery at W.A. Shands Teaching Hospital(Gainsville Fla. 1970-1972), was an emergency room physician at Winter Park Memorial Hospital (1972-1974), was a resident in urology(W. A. Shands 1974-1977), practiced urology at Winter Park Urology and Associates(1977-1978), and was an Associate Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Florida before moving back to NC and opening Fayetteville Urology Associates, PA in 1978.
Dr. Jordan was a founding partner in Carolina Lithotripsy in Fayetteville. He was President and CEO when they took the lithotripsy technology (the blasting of kidney stones) nationwide and formed Lithotripters, Inc.
He donated the Jordan Soccer Field at Fayetteville Academy and also donated the Jordan Soccer Complex at Methodist College. He was an avid soccer fan, and especially enjoyed watching his sons, Ned and Rand, play soccer.
But Dr. Jordan didn’t forget Wilson, where he grew up. He endowed a chair in the English Department of Barton College in honor of his mother who taught there. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Barton.
But it was at UNC, his beloved alma mater, where he perhaps had the greatest impact. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees, was on the Board of Visitors Kenan Flagler Business School, received the William Richardson Davie Award(2003), established merit-based scholarships with his wife Jeanne in the Arts and Sciences, endowed the Peter Phialas and the William R. and Jeanne H. Jordan English professorships, created special funds to support a Shakespearian actors program, and established numerous athletic scholarships. He also funded an Eating Disorders Specialist at the UNC Medical School.
With Bill’s uncanny recall of Tarheel stats from his childhood until the present, and his un-abiding love of all things Carolina, he was a natural to serve on the executive committee of the Ram’s club.
Throughout his career Dr. Jordan published many scientific papers, but it was during his lengthy illness that he found the time to finally write the novel he had been thinking about for so long, Quarterbacks and Kindness. His book signing was well attended, which pleased him.
When Bill left the world on Friday, it became a less colorful place for all who knew him.
Dr. Jordan is survived by his wife Jeanne Hackett Jordan, his daughter Jennifer Jordan Moran and husband Andrew of Raleigh, son Edward Bryant Jordan II of Atlanta, Georgia, and son William Rand Jordan, Jr. of Chapel Hill, and his brothers Edward Bryant Jordan, Jr. and wife Susan, Thomas Hereford Jordan and wife Dorothy of Louisville, Ky., and Robert Strong Jordan and wife Louise of Raleigh., and three grandchildren, Caisey, Carter, and Cameron Moran and special friends Jimmy Maher and wife Lisa and daughter Aubrie, Patrick Gibney, Ricki Kelly, Lou Hermann, Jerome Baker, Walter Brown, Dr. Franklin Clark, Dr. Louis Heeden, Dr. James MacNaughton, Dr. Dan Myers, and Alan Terry. The family would like to thank his caregivers: Stephanie Shorter, Stephanie Duarte, Melanie Callahan, Saundra Dickes, and Velma Sanchez.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a particular favorite organization of Dr. Jordan’s, Operation Inasmuch. Inasmuch trains the homeless and struggling families in acquiring portable income sources, such as jewelry making from wire, teaches attendees computer skills, and provides resume and interview skills training and clothing to disabled veterans. Bill particularly liked that they serve a hot nutritious, breakfast to about 150 a day, and provide showers and a place to do laundry. Please make donations to: Inasmuch, 531 Hillsboro Street, Fayetteville, NC 28301.
A memorial service will be held, October 24, 2014 in the Haymount United Methodist Church, at 11:00 a.m. in Fayetteville. Visitation will be held October 23, 2014, at 2909 Skye Drive, Fayetteville, from 5:00-700 p.m.
Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, Fayetteville, NC.