Roy Wilcox Jordan, 1911-1992.
Roy W. Jordan was one of the group of men who decided to organize the badminton clubs spread throughout the U.S. in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. He was born in St. Louis, MO, May 19, 1911, and was educated and lived in St. Louis with the exception of five years in Kansas City. His badminton experience began in 1937, one year after his marriage to Helen Fusz at age 26. He and his wife lived in Clayton, a St. Louis suburb, with three children, Eugene, Martha Belle, and David. He was a member of the Missouri Athletic Club badminton club, and was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Louis Badminton Association. He also served as a Vice-President of the Midwest Badminton Association for several years, and was also elected as a Director of the American Badminton Association.
As an officer of the ABA, Jordan spent the next ten years doing committee work—Chairman of the Ranking Committee, Amateur Status Committee member, and Thomas Cup Committee member. In 1951, Jordan was elected President of the ABA, and also served as Chairman of the Budget Committee. Jordan was a regular volunteer assisting with the annual Missouri Athletic Club badminton tournament. He spent 30 years working with the Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the Executive Board of the St. Louis Council for ten years. Jordan was in the investment banking business for 53 years, and retired as Senior Vice-President of Merrill Lynch in 1981. He also served for several years as Assistant to the President of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. He died May 1, 1992, at the age of 80.
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