In Memoriam: Thomas K. Jordan, 69

At Chase for 29 Years

The CAA mourns the passing of its member Thomas K. Jordan, who passed away peacefully February 17, 2011 in thepresence of his wife and four children in New City, NY.

Jordan worked for Chase from 1965 to 1994 in the United States, in real estate finance and special loans. He also worked for Barclay's Bank.

A graduate of Fordham University, he was proud to have servedin the National Guard. For over 20 years Jordan held the positions of adjutant ofAmerican Legion Post #1682 and chairman of the Rockland County Memorial DayParade in New City.

He was an active member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians,Div. 3 in Pearl River, and had served on the New York City St. Patrick's Day ParadeCommittee.

In addition to his wife, Denise, two daughters and two sons, he leaves four grandchildren.

Donations in Jordan's name may be sent to Cardinal & Gold, Inc – Alumni Fund at CardinalHayes High School, 650 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451.    

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From Ed MoranTom worked for/with me for many years both in the Real Estate Department and in Oklahoma City during the Penn Square workout. As a matter of fact, we became roommates in OKC when I decided to abandon the weekly hotel routine and rent a condominium unit. He and I did that for at least two years as we saw other Chase people come and go on that godforsaken assignment. Some of our associates there called us the "odd couple". He was loyal to the bank and to the mission and worked tirelessly to make our situation better. I sometimes called him "Lights Out" because he was the last person to work on the Chase REIT and the last person to work on Penn Square. He was a good friend. I'll miss his greeting..."Hey Chief". 

From John Jerow: Good-bye, Tom.  He and I, along with Ed and others, were fellow Penn “Squarians.”  Tom and I flew many miles together to and from Oklahoma City, capturing as many frequent flyer miles as we could and gathering a collection of airline miniatures.  In between the flying, we worked out many troubling issues confronting Chase resulting from Penn Square.
     While in some respects the assignment in OKC was “godforsaken,” I do believe Tom enjoyed the mission and challenge.  Tom brought a lot of real estate knowledge to the assignment plus a good dose of reality and commonsense.  We – all of us – were there because we relished the challenge and had a purpose: righting things for Chase.
      Tom was an asset to Chase and, frankly, to the other banks involved in Penn Square.  I believe, beyond helping Chase, Tom help them achieve value in the Penn Square situation they would not have otherwise found for themselves.
      I personally feel a great loss on knowing of Tom’s death.
      P.S.  Ed said some people called Tom and Ed the “odd couple.”  I can confirm they were the “odd couple,” but in a very positive way.