George Teel Jorndt, 80, died of pulmonary fibrosis on June 27, 2021, surrounded by his family. Born on Aug. 23, 1940, he was the eldest son of Louis and Margaret Jorndt. Growing up on Chicago’s North Side, he attended Jamieson Elementary School and Amundsen High School. Although severely burned in an accident in eighth grade, he recovered after six months of home care and went on to high school to earn athletic letters in football, track and swimming.
He attended Northern Illinois University for a short time before dropping out and working as a mechanic at Nickey Chevrolet, then enrolled at Illinois State University, earning his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. After teaching and coaching at Maine West High School for three years, he attended the University of Utah earning a PhD in Education.
In 1969, he was hired at Triton College in Chicago’s western suburbs where he spent most of his professional life. He was an educator, coach, director of admissions and then president of Triton College from 1992 to his retirement in 2001.
Tom Jorndt, his youngest brother, donated a kidney to him in 1991, 30 years ago. The kidney functioned perfectly throughout the remainder of his life.
His life revolved around family and friends. He and his wife, Mary, were very socially active and energetic. He was respected and admired both professionally and within his wide circle of friends.
George is survived by Mary, his wife of 55 years; his children, Doug, Gretchen and Bryan; and his brothers Dan and Tom.
Donations may be made to:
The Triton College Foundation
2000 Fifth Avenue
River Grove, IL 60171