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In Memoriam - Jon Jordan

October 02, 2020

In Memoriam - Jon Jordan

AsMA staff were saddened to hear of the passing of Jon Jordan, M.D., J.D.

   He was a former Federal Air Surgeon at the Office of Aviation Medicine and was born in December of 1936 in West Virginia. He earned an B.A. at West Virginia University in 1958, his M.D. at the Medical College of Virginia in 1963, and served an internship at Petersburg General Hospital in Petersburg, VA. He later attended the University of Cincinnati as a resident in Occupational Medicine. After a general practice at Highland Clinic, Williamson, WV, he went on to earn a J.D. at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1967. He joined the U.S. Army Medical Corp that same year and, after Basic Training, completed the Army’s Basic Aviation Medicine Training at Fort Rucker, AL, and was assigned as a flight surgeon to Gray Army Airfield, Ft. Lewis, WA. He was later promoted to Chief of Aviation Medicine at Madigan General Hospital.
   In 1969, Dr. Jordan left the Army with the rank of major and joined the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Chief of the Projects Development Branch, Aeromedical Standards Division, Office of Aviation Medicine, at the FAA in Washington, DC. In 1976, he was promoted to Chief, Aeromedical Standards Division, Office of Aviation Medicine, at the FAA. From November 1979 to February 1987, he served as Deputy Federal Air Surgeon. In 1987, he became Acting Federal Air Surgeon. In 1991, he was appointed Federal Air Surgeon, making him responsible for certification of the nation’s pilots, the FAA’s Civil Aeromedical Institute in Oklahoma City, OK, the administration of the aviation anti-drug program, and a national health awareness program for FAA employees. He retired from the FAA in 2006.
   He was licensed by the Medical Licensing Board, WV; the State Board of Health, KY; and the Virginia State Board of Medical Examiners. He was admitted by the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners (Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals) and was also admitted to the DC Bar (DC Court of Appeals).
   He was a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. His awards included: the FAA Superior Achievement Award; the John A. Tamisiea and Theodore C. Lyster Awards from the Aerospace Medical Association; Award of Merit from the Civil Aviation Medical Association; Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award; and the Airlines Medical Directors Award.
   An online obituary can be found at https://usobit.com/obituaries-2020/09/jon-l-jordan-thursday-september-24th-2020/.