Jordan Kurland, Champion of Academic Freedom, Dies at 87

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of AAUP associate general secretary Jordan E. Kurland. Jordan was a tireless champion of academic freedom who joined the AAUP staff in 1965, having taken a leave of absence from his appointment at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He remained an active member of the staff for more than fifty years, until his death on January 23. He was eighty-seven years old. Jordan had an encyclopedic knowledge of AAUP policy and history and played a role in more than 90 percent of the case investigations conducted in the Association’s history. He carried out his responsibilities with dedication, skill, and passion. He will be sorely missed.

A native of Boston, Jordan attended Dartmouth College and earned BA and MA degrees in history at Boston University before commencing advanced study at the Russian Institute at Columbia University. He earned a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research in the Netherlands for his dissertation on Dutch-Russian relations in the 17th century; a second fellowship enabled a year of study in the Soviet Union. Jordan began his teaching career in the history department of the Woman’s College at UNC Greensboro.

Jordan leaves behind his devoted wife of almost 69 years, Anita Siegel Kurland, four children, and eight grandchildren.

Publication Date: 
Sunday, January 24, 2016