Dr. Thomas Lee Jordan was born on April 27, 1943, in Yazoo City, Mississippi to Willie Mae (Johnson) and Thomas Lee Jordan, Senior. Thomas died peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 29, 2019 after an extended illness.
Thomas attended St. Francis Catholic School, in Yazoo City, Mississippi from elementary through high school. After high school he matriculated at Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. He received his Masters and PhD. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in Microbiology and a Post Doctorate in Microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Thomas had a long teaching career which included teaching stints at Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS, and Dillard University, New Orleans, LA. He subsequently finished his career at North Carolina A & T State University where he taught for 26 years.
During his tenure at NC A & T he received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 97-98; Outstanding Faculty Award Biology Department in 1998; Developed a research program and laboratory with a $300,000 award from NHI; Upgraded the Microbiology Lab with equipment from several grants from NHI, NSF, Air Force and the Biotechnology Center of NC; Campus Director of the Partnership for Minority advancement in Biomolecular Sciences (PMABS) Program; and Spearheaded the development of a Biochemistry Certification Program for the department. The Biochemistry Certification Program had certified 48 students at the time of his retirement.
Thomas enjoyed listening to music, especially jazz, playing congas, and photography. He also enjoyed cooking, especially collard greens with olive oil and garlic.
Thomas leaves to cherish his memory Alice (Pickett) Jordan, his wife whom he married two months short of 40 years ago; a son Thomas Lee Jordan, III, a grandson, Darius Q. Jordan-Diggs, a beloved cousin, Merlene Walker and some nephews and nieces.
In gratitude, the family would like to thank his sitter Tony, the staff of Fresenius Dialysis Center, the staff at Moses Cone Hospital and Hospice of Greensboro. Special thanks to a special friends Jackie and James Pettiford. Also to Joan Robinson, Angela Chasten, and Thomas’s friends from the Buddhist Community, SGI-USA.
A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Triad Cremation Society & Chapel. The family will receive friends from 12:00-12:30 pm; Buddhist ceremony at 12:30 pm, followed by a Christian service at 1:00 pm.