Tuesday, May 20, 2008

In Memoriam - Hamilton Jordan

CNN just reported that Hamilton Jordan, a key advisor and former Chief of Staff to President Jimmy Carter, has died.

Jordan was born in Charlotte, N.C., in 1944 and raised in Albany, Georgia. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and graduated with an A.B. in Political Science in 1967. After being disqualified from military service due to leg problems, he worked as a civilian volunteer in Vietnam during the war there, assisting refugees.

Jordan was a key advisor and strategist for Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign and during Carter's administration, serving as White House Chief of Staff in 1979-1980.

In 1986, he ran for the Democratic nomination for one of Georgia's seats in the United States Senate. He lost the primary to Representative Wyche Fowler, who went on to win the general election.

Jordan had survived a personal struggle with two kinds of cancer after his service to Carter. He and his wife, a pediatric oncology nurse, founded a camp for children with cancer - Camp Sunshine Retreat - in Georgia. He was an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. He is survived by three children Hamilton, Kathleen, and Alex.
Jordan died on May 20, 2008 due to complications of his cancer.

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