Rest In Peace: W. Daniel Jordan, MD – Hero of American Medicine


Today we have some very difficult news to share.

Earlier this week we lost a longtime member of the AAPS family, a true hero of American medicine, and valiant defender of the patient-physician relationship.

W. Daniel Jordan, M.D. passed away Thursday morning. Dr. Jordan served AAPS in numerous capacities over the last almost half a century.  He joined AAPS in 1966, became a board member in 1975, served as AAPS President in 1979, and was Treasurer of the organization for the last 10 years. He also was our intrepid meeting planner who spent countless volunteer hours planning arrangements for all AAPS events since the year 2000.

Another important highlight of his service that demonstrates his dedication to putting patients first: in the 1980s when the AMA compromised its Principles of Medical Ethics to facilitate third party interference by government and insurers in between patients and physicians, Dr. Jordan was a leader in opposing these dangerous changes and ensuring that the AAPS Principles upheld the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.

It would be nearly impossible to adequately put into words what his decades of dedicated and selfless service have meant. His work has helped make AAPS the strong organization that it is today and his legacy will help us continue fighting for patients and the profession for decades to come.

Dr. Jordan is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margaret Ann Linch, and six children: Bert (Shannon) Jordan, Birmingham, AL; Dana (Ken) Jago, Canton, GA; Noel (Peter) Leithart, Birmingham, AL; Amanda (Mike) Simpson, Charlotte, NC; Grey Nakayama, Birmingham, AL, Will (Cynthia) Jordan, Atlanta, GA; He is survived by 29 grandchildren.

For more details about his life, please see:


March 17, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4550 Peachtree Road Ne
Atlanta, GA 30319

In keeping with the “Precious Feet” lapel pin that Dan wore at all times, memorial contributions may be made to the Georgia Right to Life Educational Trust Fund.

Above: Doctor Jordan with his family at 1979 AAPS meeting.
Below: Doctor Jordan and other speakers listed in program of AAPS 35th Annual Meeting, October 1978