Eddie Jordan, a longtime science teacher at Miami Edison Middle School and the husband of Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan, died Thursday. He was 76.
Born in Wacissa on Sept. 12, 1940, he was the son of Edward and Winifred Jordan. He graduated from Mays High School in Goulds in 1958, and, in 1963, from Morris Brown College in Atlanta with a science degree.
Jordan taught for 40 years, allowing him to educate multiple generations of Miami students. He was named Miami-Dade’s Teacher of the Year in 1982. When he took his own children to the county fair each year, Jordan insisted on a detour to see the Miami Edison entries in the science competition. Sometimes his children would be treated to science presentations at home, including frog dissections on the bedroom floor.
He married his wife, the former Barbara Brown, on June 13, 1965. “When Barbara ran for public office,” according to an obituary provided by the commission’s press office, “Eddie put up the signs and kept track of each one of them.”
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For fun, Jordan fished out of Haulover Beach, grew mangoes at his home in Miami Gardens and cooked what the obituary described as “a mean pot of collard greens.” He also liked to sing, but not for a crowd. “He had a beautiful voice,” that the obituary said he kept hidden, “only allowing his closest family members to hear.”
Services are slated for Tuesday, May 23, at 11 a.m. at Antioch of Miami Gardens, 21311 NW 34th Ave. Along with his wife, Jordan is survived by daughters Winnie Reaves and Gidget Williams, siblings Virginia Jones, Clyde Jordan, Willie Jordan and Barbara Miller; six grandchildren, and a great granddaughter.