Jon Jordan

Jon L. Jordan

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Jon L. Jordan, M.D., J.D., of McLean, Virginia, 83, passed away peacefully on September 24, 2020. Jon was the son of the late Everett G. Jordan and Berenice (Small) Jordan of Oak Hill, West Virginia, and brother to the late Alan E. Jordan also of Oak Hill and the late William G. Jordan, M.D., of St. Cloud and Waite Park, Minnesota.

Jon was a licensed medical practitioner in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky and a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Virginia. He was a fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and an Academician of the International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine. Jon is survived by a loving family, which includes his dear wife of more than 58 years, Jackie Jordan (Jacqueline Sanders); their daughter Julie and her husband Joseph Perroni of Bristol, RI; grandson Jon Perroni of Manhattan, NY; granddaughter Jordan Perroni of Manhattan, NY; grandson Justin Perroni of Bristol, RI; and four nieces and a nephew.

Jon was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia, and received his early education in Michigan and West Virginia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University and an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Medical College of Virginia. After serving an Internship at Petersburg General Hospital in Virginia, Jon attended the University of Virginia School of Law. During semester breaks and after graduating from the UVA School of Law in 1967, he practiced medicine in Williamson, Kentucky.

He joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1967 and received his military orientation at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before heading off to Fort Rucker, Alabama for Flight Surgeon Training. It was at Fort Rucker where he and Jackie celebrated the birth of their daughter, Julie. Jon then served as a Flight Surgeon at Fort Lewis, Washington, and as Chief of Aviation Medicine at Madigan General Hospital.

Jon left the Army with the rank of Major in 1969 to head the Office of Project Development Branch of the FAA’s Office of Aviation Medicine in Washington D.C. He subsequently received promotions to Chief of the Medical Standards Division; to Deputy Federal Air Surgeon in November 1979; and to the most senior rank in the Office of Aerospace Medicine as the FAA’s Federal Air Surgeon in September 1991. In that position and as a long-time member of the Senior Executive Service, his assignments included domestic and world travel to train and to speak on advances and best practices in Aerospace Medicine.

Throughout his career, Jon was a recognized leader in government and Civil Aviation Medicine. His accolades included the FAA Superior Achievement Award in 1985 and the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award in 1992. He also received the John A. Tamisiea Award from the Civil Aviation Medical Association in 1988 for his outstanding contributions to the science and art of Aerospace Medicine and the Airline Medical Directors Association Award in 1995 for his outstanding contributions and eminent leadership in Aviation Medicine. In 2006, Jon received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Recognition Award from West Virginia University, which honors those who value knowledge, truth-seeking, and the practice of respect for others and self—values at which Jon excelled throughout his career and life.

After 36+ years (14 as the Federal Air Surgeon), Jon retired from the FAA in January of 2006. In retirement, he enjoyed his woodworking hobby; traveling to destinations across the globe with Jackie; spending time with his Bristol, Rhode Island family; and cheering on the WVU Mountaineers and his beloved Washington NFL Team. Memorial services for family and friends are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305; Tel: 800-223-2732) or online at
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Ky Jones

Posted at 05:33pm
I worked for AAM (at the FAA) when Dr. Jordan was the Federal Air Surgeon. Though it was some years ago, he was a very memorable person. My deepest condolences to the family.

Vicky Dunne

Posted at 04:51pm
My deepest condolences on the passing of Dr. Jordan. I worked for him at the FAA for many years and he was a wonderful leader. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Claude Thibeault

Posted at 03:05pm
To Jackie and family, please accept our most sincere condolences. Jon's passing is a very sad news for us. Not only was he an excellent friend, he was one of the professionals I respected the most. Intelligent with a sound judgement, soft spoken but convincing, always respectful of others, he had an exceptional career. He will be missed dearly. I attached a photo taken in Montreal in 2002 that I would like to name 'The 4 musketeers': Jon Jordan, George Takahashi, Frank Pettyjohn, and me, with our respective wives. This event ranks very high in my list of memorable moments. Claude & Louise Thibeault

Ken Edgington Posted at 03:58pm

To Jackie and family. Heather and I wish to offer our sincere condolences also and wish to echo Claude's remarks. Jon was a great help to me at the UK CAA and I was always grateful for his support and guidance. We also had many happy times at AsMA and the Academy over many years. Our condolences again and best wishes, Ken and Heather Edgington

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