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Course Funded in Memory of Jordan


Gift From Honey Jordan Fund Pays for UCR Course

(August 8, 2002)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A popular class at the University of California, Riverside will continue this academic year because of a timely donation from a fund established to honor the memory of Hannah “Honey” Jordan of Riverside.

Dr. Kenneth Jordan of Riverside designated more than $12,000 from the fund established in memory of his wife to pay for a course taught by Edmond Otis, a licensed psychotherapist and head of the nationally recognized martial arts program at UCR. The course focuses on the causes and dynamics of human conflict and the ways people reconcile those conflicts within their own lives.

The class is part of a yearlong series on human conflict organized by a team made up of Otis, Max Neiman, professor of political science, and Joseph Childers, associate professor of English and associate dean of the graduate division at UC Riverside. Other sections of the class focus on conflict in groups and between nations, and conflict in the arts and literature. It has been funded by a grant in previous years, but recent budget cuts put the class in jeopardy.

“Dr. Jordan's gift is generous and timely,” said Childers. “Without it, we would not have been able to teach the course at all, since it was conceived as a year-long series, each quarter integral to the entire course. With Ken's gift, we hope to get our students to think critically about conflict of all sorts, and as a consequence perhaps we can participate in making a permanent contribution to Honey's memory.”

Honey Jordan volunteered extensively in the community, working with the Junior League, Riverside Art Museum and Temple Beth El in Riverside. She was shot to death during a car-jacking in San Bernardino on New Year’s Eve. At the time of her death she was about to take over as president of the San Bernardino County Medical Society Alliance, an affiliate of the county medical society. The Jordans had been married 31 years.

The Honey Jordan Memorial Fund is a registered charitable organization accepting tax-deductible donations. Donations can be made to The Honey Jordan Memorial Fund, Business Bank of California, P.O. Box 1530, San Bernardino, CA 92402-9923.

Long-range plans include supporting programs on conflict resolution and scholarship support for needy secondary school students. If he can raise enough money, Dr. Jordan said he would like to endow a “Center for Human Conflict” in the Inland Empire, in his wife’s memory, that would try to answer the question of how to prevent human violence.

“We want Honey’s fund to be a catalyst for lessening the violence in our world by improving our understanding of the causes and remedies for human conflict,” Dr. Jordan said. “As a family, we find a purpose in making the world a better place than it was before Honey's death.”

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