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Robert W. Jordan

Robert (Bob) Wright Jordan, age 77, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 while at Hilltop Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Charleston. Bob was born August 26, 1937, in St. Louis, the son of Fitzhugh and Audria Ethel (Coffman) Jordan. He married Dorothea A. “Dotty” Walsh in 1960, they later divorced in 1981.

Dr. Jordan was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Illinois University from 1966-1991. His education included graduations from Soldan High School, Harris Jr. College, and Washington University. He furthered his education at the University of Minnesota, returning to St. Louis for completion of his PhD received July, 1966.

Bob leaves behind a large family of loved ones, including his biggest support group, Dotty Jordan and their four children, Mark R. Jordan (Denise), Champaign; Patricia L. Elam (Edward), Moweaqua; Scott W. Jordan (Rebecca), Nashville; and Laurie A. Gann (Michael), Charleston; 12 grandchildren and several spouses, and nine great-grandchildren. Bob is also survived by his brothers, Bill (Ola), and John, from St. Louis.

As per Bob’s wishes, there will be no services, just a private memorial for family. In memory of Bob, memorials may be made to Hilltop, 910 W. Polk, Charleston, IL 61920 or may be mailed in care of Adams Funeral Chapel, 2330 Shawnee Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.

Bob’s complete obituary and memorial website is available at where condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on obituaries.

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  1. Anonymous on August 21, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Dr.Robert Jordan was the best teacher I encountered
    In my college years both at E.I.U. & University of Illinois, Chicago Campus,College of Pharmacy. Learning chemistry is your job he said &
    proceeded to make organic chemistry exciting & fun.
    Unbelievable, even now over 50 years ago.
    He taught our class Honors Organic Chemistry in the fall of 1969-70 & did NOT suffer fools lightly.Many drop out later in his class .The Head of Department of Organic Chemistry wanted to replacement him we where told.
    We, the remaining 19 members of a 30 + class wrote a letter signed by all of us, stating that if he was replaced , we would drop the class.The Head of Chemistry
    reversed his decision.
    We were right in wanting to stay in his class.
    He taught life lessons in addition to Organic Chem
    I was sad to hear of his passing

    Ron Rubebacker
    2562 N Avenida San Valle

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