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ALF JORDAN, M.D.

Born: February 8, 1940
Died: April 5, 2018

Dr. Alf Jordan died in his library, surrounded by books that he loved, in Yarmouth, Maine on April 5, 2018. His Portland Press Herald obituary quoted Samuel Johnson: "Curiosity is, in great and generous minds, the first passion and the last."

He was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the middle child of Valdemar and Frances Jordan. After attending Hawken School and Taft he graduated from Yale in 1962, majoring in Philosophy. He returned to Cleveland and spent four years in retail and stockbroking before entering medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He did residencies in both General and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University Hospital. At his first post in Sioux City, Iowa, he was the only plastic surgeon in western Iowa. He served as a board member for the Western Iowa Technical Community College and was a longtime financial supporter of the regional public radio station, KWIT.

After recovery from a stroke in 1985, he relocated with his wife and two young children to his beloved Maine, where among his active pursuits were an active interest in history, specifically that of the US railroads. He loved music, especially classical and American folk. He assembled a personal library of rare atlases and maps, and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the University of Southern Maine's Friends of the Osher Map Library.

Alf was preceded in death by his parents and sister Jennifer Jordan Cline, and survived by his wife, Ann, sister Julie Jordan Drennan, son Erik, daughter Sarah Beimers, son Valdemar and daughter Julie Maxham.

Alf's page in his Taft senior year classbook reveals a multitude of activities: dance and concert band manager, Dance Committee, Music and Opera Clubs and Wrestling and Varsity Track. "Alf's strongest asset is his vivid imagination, which shows brilliantly in his personality...made known early in his poem, "The Paradox." Held back in his Upper Middle year by the exhausting task of running the mile.... Alf decided that the half-mile would be better for that smoky cough. Alf will be remembered most for his unswerving ability to stand up for those things which he knows to be right... his individualism will stand him in good stead in his later life."

At Yale Alf majored in philosophy and was a member of DKE. In Calhoun he served on the Social Committee.

His obituary in the Portland Press Herald read, "Alf always strove to understand why things are the way they are, how things work and the physical artifacts that persist in human-built environment: he was intrigued by the forces and structures that lie beneath the easy facades of history and modern life. Along with his wit and charm, Alf brought these interests and knowledge into the lives of those around him in the form of education, conversation, or an eagerness to set things straight. His many pursuits have trickled down into the professional and intellectual lives of his descendants."

 

John Harger Stewart




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