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Name: Jordan, Charles B. (1878-1941)
Fuller Form: Charles Bernard Jordan


Historical Note:

He was very active in the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, serving as its president in 1918-19, and as chairman of its Executive Committee for thirteen years, in which position he was called upon to decide many momentous questions pertinent to the rapidly-advancing educational standards in American pharmacy. He was also a member of the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the only official national standardizing and accrediting agency in the field of pharmaceutical education in this country.

He served as a member of the Committee of Revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia from 1920 to the time of his passing. He was chairman of the Subcommittee on Proximate Assays since 1930, and successfully carried on this part of the pharmacopoeial revision work.

Dean Jordan held membership in the American Pharmaceutical Association, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Indiana Academy of Science. He was a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon, Rho Chi, Phi Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Scabbard and Blade. He was chairman of the Indiana Interprofessional Health Council, which he was influential in organizing. His name appears in Who's Who, American Men of Science and Leaders in Education.

He was very active in the affairs of the community and was at one time president of the West Lafayette Boy Scouts Dad's Club, member and adviser of the Newman Club, honorary member of the Tippecanoe County Medical Society, member of the Town and Gown Club, the Fortnightly Club, and the West Lafayette Country Club, and served as vice-president of the Lafayette Rotary Club and as a member of its board of directors during the past year. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Holy Name Society.

He served as instructor in St. Elizabeth Hospital School of Nursing and for the past two years was president of the Nursing School Board of the institution.

As a teacher, Dean Jordan was highly esteemed and respected by his pupils. His fairness and keen sense of humor in the classroom elicited response from those under him his tutelage. In his capacity as an administrator he inspired loyalty in those associated with him.

He was the author of a text entitled Qualitative Analysis for Students of Pharmacy and Medicine. For a number of years he edited the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Section, which appeared monthly in the Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He has many scientific papers to his credit upon the subjects of drug assay, pharmaceutical education, and professional pharmacy.

His eminent work as a scientist and educator brought him the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 1933 from the Ohio Northern University and in 1940 from Rutgers University.

Charles Bernard Jordan was united in marriage to Helen Mary Byrnes of Laingsburg, Michigan on August 20, 1907. As husband and father he was always thoughtful of his family and made it a happy one. He had four children, Veronica, Robert, Charles and Mildred.

So much that has been said is merely a record of facts about the life of one whom we seek to honor. In so doing we have not pictured well those qualities of character that distinguished his unbounded enthusiasm and fine sense of humor. He seemed always to be glad of life because it gave him a chance to work and to play and to enjoy his friends and loved ones. He cultivated neighborliness and gave much time to the promotion of friendships. He was straight-forward, tolerant, and kind, but had no patience with falsehood and meanness. Those and many other social qualities were his guide-posts along the way of life.

Dean Jordan was laid to rest in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lafayette, on April 25, 1941.

C.E. Behrens; H. E. Enders; M. L. Fisher; C. J. Zufall; C. O. Lee, Chairman.

Sources: A Book of Tributes To Charles Bernard Jordan, Dean of Pharmacy, 1910-1941 Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University.





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