Sharlene, I am so sorry for Jordan's passing--I have SUCH fond memories of being in Wordshed performances with both of you, acting out Cheever adaptations together, and just being in Jordan's presence. When I was a young graduate student, he was like a grandfather figure for me--what a gift to have such a caring, funny, insightful person to make me feel intergenerationally "at home" when Chapel Hill was such a new home! And what a gift to be able to work on performances with both of you, and to hear his rich, resounding voice onstage--I cannot hear the words "Lady Baltimore Cake" without hearing his voice in my head and seeing his smile! Sending so much love to you, and to Jordan's son. --Hannah (Blevins) Harvey
When I first met Jordan as a new neighbor in the community he and I lived in I didnt realize what a gentle human being he was. That took a few years for me to learn because on the surface he was a strong and opinionated person with a strong sense of what was right and wrong. I was intimidated by that at first. It wasnt until two years later when we both joined our community Board of Directors that I understood that his very logical, straightforward manner was rooted in a strong foundation of what was 'just'. That is when I started to see what a huge heart he had and also when our friendship really rooted and bloomed. He loved to chat in the parking lot, pet my two dogs, watch my son learn to ride his bike, shovel snow... and we spent hours discussing all manner of things related to life, parenting, my love of dogs, and of course, our shared homeplace. I loved seeing him out driving his gold colored car with his personalized plates around town. I knew who it was-I loved that we shared a past with Carolina Friends School, and just loved seeing him and catching his enormous smile. Ill treasure every conversation- every glimpse of memory of knowing Jordan Smith and our enduring friendship. I will miss those moments, truly I will. I am grateful to him for opening his heart to me and my son. May his memory be of a blessing for his family and sustain them all at this time. I know they will for me. G-d bless and thank you for providing this space to share. Masha Halpern
I had the pleasure to work with Dr. Smith. He is an amazing person. He has many talents, he is smart and has wonderful humor. I love when he shared stories about his time in the theater as an actor. His son Chris is amazing as well. I appreciate the wisdom that he shared with me. I cherish every bit of our time together.