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Eleanor W. Jordan

Obituary for Eleanor W. Jordan

July 7, 1945 - October 28, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 73


Eleanor Worley Jordan rolled with the punches from lung cancer, brain lesions, and cancer treatment for 5 years in amazing good spirits—an example to friends and family of how a good attitude can sustain happiness. Her husband Mel was an excellent caregiver. She had to mature further to accept her dependency on him for driving, making long trips, bicycling on Lady Bird Lake, help with meals, and vacations with their sons and granddaughters.

Eleanor began her computer career while working on an undergraduate math degree at The University of Texas. She completed her degree in 3 ½ long terms and moved with her husband and young son Newt to Fullerton, California where she wrote submarine and aircraft carrier software for North American Aviation. She met Mel Jordan on a business trip and returned to Austin to marry him. Her first job back in Austin was developing business software for the Texas Department of Transportation. She applied for a system analysis position with the Texas Education Agency, but the recruiter said he couldn't hire such a young woman to supervise males even though she had the skills he needed. That was 1975.

Eleanor decided a PhD in Statistics would be a way to enrich her career—combining her research interests with her computer experience. As a University of Texas graduate student, she was hired to teach programming and statistics classes. To her surprise she was offered a full time faculty position the year she completed her coursework and dissertation. Her work included leadership in the creation of the Management Information Systems (MIS) in 1980, a program that soon earned high national rankings which continue. She was a creative and enthusiastic teacher from graduate days until she decided to retire in 2002 from her full time teaching and management position. After a four year break from full time academic work, she joyously returned to teaching her favorite systems development class, totaling 34 years while revising her 3rd textbook to be an e-book, updated and free for her classes.

As a UT professor, she focused her attention on improving education in information systems, not just at UT but as a member of national committees, including the ACM Education Board during one of the major revisions of the ACM model curriculum. She also contributed to the initial DPMA model curriculum. In addition to her research journal publications, she was an invited contributor to both The Encyclopedia of Computers and the Encyclopedia of Statistical Sciences. She co-authored a statistics text and two MIS textbooks, including, Systems Development: A Project Management Approach.

Eleanor was pre-deceased by her parents Will and Kitty Worley –a Electrical Engineering professor at Texas A &M and a Spanish teacher at A&M Consolidated across the street from A&M.

Eleanor is survived by her husband of 50 years, Mel Jordan, and their sons Newt & Aaron; daughter-in-law Tina Dumas and granddaughters Ella & Catrina. Eleanor is also survived by her brother Fred Worley, his wife Barbara; sisters Evalyn Garza and Barbara Boyce Worley, her husband Robert Vogtli; as well as by Mel's sister Hettie Jordan-Vilanova. Extended family include: nephew Ian Parker Worley and wife Karen Wall, their sons Orson & Sorel; niece Heather Worley Telo and her husband Alberto Telo; nephew Jordan Boyce Worley and wife Sophie Mikes Worley, their children Aleister & Parker Worley; niece Colleen Enos and husband Paul, their children Alayna, Dylan, and Ty; nephew Drew Garza and wife Reba, their children Zoey & Evan; and nephew Anthony Garza and wife Christine.

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