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Official Obituary of

Dr. Grady Cecil Jordan

December 1, 1935 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Dr. Grady Jordan Obituary

Dr. Grady C. Jordan was born on December 1, 1935 in Waynesboro, Mississippi to the late Willie “Boss” Jordan and Dorothy Robinson Jordan.  Grady was the seventh of eight children born to this union.  His parents, son Ricky Kincaid, four brothers; Wilbert, Eugene, Robert, and Luther, and two sisters; Beatrice and Inez preceded him in death.

Dr. Jordan was a 1957 graduate of Alcorn State University.  He was proud of his alma mater.  While attending Alcorn, he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1954 and embraced a “lifetime” membership for nearly 70 years. He was the president of the Alcorn State University Chicago Alumni chapter for 14 years.  He was determined not to serve longer than his brother Robert, who had been president for 15 years. 

Although both were living and working on the west side of Chicago, Grady met his wife Dorothy in 1969 while chaperoning high school students from the Lawndale community to Lagos, Nigeria.  Later when back in Chicago he asked her out on a date, to which she refused, he asked her again, and she again refused.  Finally, he said “I am going to ask you one last time, and if you say no, then okay.”  Dorothy reasoned, “Well what do I have to lose.”  She accepted his invitation and grew to like him a lot.  His quiet demeanor won her over and love prevailed.  They were married in 1973 and celebrated 50 years of marriage on December 20, 2023.

Dr. Jordan distinguished himself as an educator, beginning his career as a teacher at Forrest High School in Forrest, Mississippi in 1957 and ultimately retiring from the position of High School District Superintendent of the Chicago Public Schools in 1995. 

During his tenure with the Chicago Public Schools, Dr. Jordan was also principal of Nash Elementary School, teacher at Manley and Hess Upper Grade Centers, and teacher at Hyde Park High School.  He taught science, social studies, and physical education. 

Dr. Jordan was selected as the principal to open the George W. Collins High School on the west side of Chicago, where he was responsible for its original staffing, operational infrastructure, curricula development, and even choosing the school colors and mascot.  He held the position of principal of Collins from 1975 to 1985, garnering strong community involvement and parental participation.  His students fondly referred to him as “Doc” and “King Cobra.”

During the period of 1985 to 1989, Dr. Jordan demonstrated educational leadership as the District Superintendent for the Central High School Sub-District, providing innovative and unprecedented staff development and community linkages for a variety of institutions.  These institutions included schools as diverse as a school for the incarcerated, a trade school for post-secondary students, a school for metropolitan studies, and a magnet school.  Lastly, in his capacity of High School District Superintendent from 1989 to 1995, Dr. Jordan was responsible for the administration, oversight, and support for 77 high schools and their principals.  During this time, he also served as the President of the ten region District Superintendents’’ Association for the Chicago Public Schools.  As an educational administrator, role model and friend, Dr. Jordan’s legacy with Chicago Public Schools is particularly etched in the hearts of the students he served and supported - always demonstrating tough love.

Other professional positions held by Dr. Jordan include: Director of Manpower Programs, Administrator of the Lawndale Urban Progress Center for the City of Chicago, and Lecturer at Governors State University. 

His commitment to community and professional volunteer service was always evident.  He was honored by the Midwest Community Council, Westside NAACP, Joint Negro Appeal, Greater Lawndale Federal Credit Union, Garfield Development Corp., Chicago and National Alliance of Black School Educators, and Operation Push, to name a few.  He was a contributing columnist for the Westside Journal and Substance Newsletter.  He traveled extensively, including several trips to Africa and the Caribbean. 

Grady leaves to cherish many fond memories, his loving wife Dorothy; his youngest sister Evie Ruth Smith of Minden, Louisiana; five sisters-in law: Daisy Jordan of Chicago, Illinois; Celeste Hanley of Atlanta, Georgia; Gail Scanlon of Charlotte, North Carolina; Cassandra Scanlon of Bolingbrook, Illinois; and Diane Scanlan of Chicago, Illinois.  He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, and students.

Family and Friends are to gather for the Visitation Friday, March 1, 2024 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Russo’s Hillside Chapels, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside, Illinois 60162 (Located Between Mannheim & Wolf Road). Funeral to follow on Saturday, March 2, 2024 with a Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A Chapel Service will be celebrated promptly at 10:00 a.m. Entombment Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois. For additional information please call (708) 449-5300. Please sign Grady’s guestbook.

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Visitation
Friday
March 1, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Russo's Hillside Chapels
4500 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

Visitation
Saturday
March 2, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Russo's Hillside Chapels
4500 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

Chapel Service
Saturday
March 2, 2024

10:00 AM
Russo's Hillside Chapels
4500 Roosevelt Road
Hillside, IL 60162

Entombment
Saturday
March 2, 2024

Concordia Cemetery
7900 Madison St,
Forest Park, IL 60130

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