He's one of those people who keep turning up in interesting places doing worthwhile work. Doesn't want to be the star of the show. But it doesn't keep him from being a quietly charismatic leader. "He lends his eloquence and wisdom to the proceedings," is how John Rice described him in a 2016 profile in the Forest Park Review.
This is Jerry Lordan, an Oak Park guy with a real Forest Park affinity. He's retiring this week from his main and paying gig, as a teacher and administrator at Fenwick High School.
These days in Forest Park you'll see Lordan's steady hand in the work of the Historical Society and the Kiwanis. Both of these organizations have specialized in near-death experiences over time. Lordan brings a calm perspective and great ability to find resources at critical moments for groups like these.
"If I have a talent," Lordan told the Review, "I'm a pretty good listener and can keep my eye on long-term plans. I'm able to help people work together, remove obstacles and survive short-term setbacks."
We're hoping that Fenwick's loss only enables our friend Jerry to be more present in his vital volunteer efforts in Oak Park, Forest Park and beyond.
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