Dr. Daniel Clyde Jordan was born on 2 June 1932 in Alliance, Nebraska. His parents were Edward Davis Jordan and Hattie Melissa Hartman.
The 1940 U.S. Census shows him (age 7) living with his family at 211 Mississippi St.(?), Alliance, Nebraska. Along with his parents, Ed and Hattie (ages 47 and 48 respectively), there were five siblings listed in the household: Robert (age 20), Stanley (age 18), Clark (age 14), Bonnie (age 10), and Maurice (age 4).
Daniel Jordan graduated valedictorian of his class at Alliance High School in 1950 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Wyoming. Later, he studied at Oxford University and the University of Chicago, earning graduate degrees in both music (MA) and human development (PhD).
He served in the U.S. Army between 1956 and 1962.
Dr. Jordan was a member of the Bahá'í Faith. In 1963, he was elected to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States and served on that institution until his death.
In his academic career, he served on a number of university faculty institutions, including Director of the Institute for Research in Human Behavior at Indiana State University (Terre Haute, Indiana) and Chair of the Department of Education at the California American University (Escondido, California). During the 1960s and 70s, he gave guest lectures on human development and psychology topics at over 70 universities.
Between 1971 and 1975, he developed the ANISA Education Model, which focuses on the spiritual development of children independent of grade level.
On 16 October 1982, Dr. Daniel Jordan was found murdered in a parking lot in Stamford, Connecticut. He was only 50 years old. He was survived by his wife, three daughters, his mother, and six siblings.
He was buried at Long Ridge Union Cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut.
I have only included a tiny fraction of the *huge* amount of material on his accomplishments. In his 50 years in this world, he truly lived a full and scholarly life! - Freeth-52 00:13, 16 December 2021 (UTC)
The article on BahaiTeachings.org (cited below) contains some interesting anecdotes in the comments section, including the tale of how he became a Bahá'í. Marguerite K. Gipson wrote: "He was a student of University of Laramie, Wyoming in the 1950's, as it was my great-grandmother Charlotte Gillen who taught him the Faith. It was at Charlotte's persistence that Dan applied for the Rhodes Scholar, and he won it. Charlotte Gillen had travel teached all over Colorado and Wyoming in the later part of the 40's, and settled for a while in Laramie to start school, not to get her music degree, but to find a Baha'i...". Another commenter, Barbara Brooks, adds, "Dan told this story 'on' himself many times: this nice but persistent older lady persuaded him to help her set up a Bahá'í program in an auditorium on campus. When no one came, Dan thought the evening was over, but she instructed him to take a seat and proceeded to deliver the entire program as planned. Dan became the Bahá'í she had gone to Laramie to find!!" - Freeth-52 00:13, 16 December 2021 (UTC)
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