Dr. J. Eric Jordan, a retired neurologist, Professor, and Major in the U.S. Army, died peaceably from esophageal cancer amongst loving family on February 10, 2010, 4:08 am in Largo, Florida; he was 71. Jay is survived by his sister Jocelyn, children Sylvia, David and Lisa, five grandchildren: Robert, Aaron, Joy, Nicholais, and Elizabeth; and three great-grandchildren: Nicholas, Aria, and Abigail. His love and affection for Glenda, whom he nursed through the early and late stages of Alzheimer's for the last seven years, is a shining example to all.
Memorial donations can be made to Tarpon Springs Band Boosters, please indicate Jazz Band http://www.tarponspringsband.com/boosters.htm . Jay relished the Big Band sound and was an avid supporter of local jazz groups- go Dixie Chaps! He and Glenda also belonged to many local dance clubs and spent most afternoons at those functions where they never left the floor until the music stopped.
Memorial Services to be held on Friday February 19th at E. James Reese Funeral Home & Crematory. 727-391-9954.
Jay was born June 5, 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio to Arline and Jacob Jordan. After graduating with honors from Albion, Michigan, Jay acquired his M.D. from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, 1965. The next 30 years saw Jay working on the cutting edge of electroencephalographic research. Many of those years were spent lecturing and running symposiums around the country. Professionally, Jay enjoyed his tenure at Jackson, Mississippi and it was considered by him to be the height of his career. Upon moving to south Florida in 1987, Jay became a staff neurologist and Director of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital as well as an Associate Professor at University of South Florida. He retired in 1993.
Jay spent the last 22 years of his life in Pinellas County and was a champion for ecological causes. His concern for environmental issues filled much of his time and concern. He loved nature and wanted to make a contribution for the betterment of the planet and hoped he would be remembered for having played a part. Jay was a tireless friend that could be counted on night and day.
Jay, you will be missed.