Jordan Institute Collection
In addition to the collection, the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International
Awareness offers a variety of programs including
international travel opportunities
and assistance. For more information about any of these programs
you may call the Jordan Institute office at (979) 845-8770.
The Jordan Collection realizes the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute's goal of providing
exposure to other cultures through the "universal language" of
art. Articles displayed in the Jordan Collection include jewelry, porcelain,
silverware, paintings, rugs, and various pieces of furniture. Each of these
articles provides insight into the culture in which it was produced. Areas
of the world represented in the Collection include Africa, the Middle East,
Europe and Asia. In addition to providing insight into various cultures
of the world, the Collection provides glimpses into the life of Leland T.
Jordan '29, for the objects were obtained during his career with the Gulf
Oil Company and the Kuwait Oil Company.
Leland & Jessie Jordan
Leland Thomas Jordan, class of 1929, was a native of Lufkin, Texas. Known
to friends and colleagues as "L.T.", he was truly an international
citizen, spending more than 30 years in Venezuela and Kuwait.
Mr. Jordan began his career in the oil fields of Kansas and Oklahoma during
summer breaks from Texas A&M University where he studied mechanical
engineering. He was captain of Battery A in the Corps of Cadets and was
a member of ASME upon graduation in 1929.
Gulf Oil Corporation hired Mr. Jordan in 1929 as a production engineer in
the oil fields of Venezuela. By 1945, he was general manager of Gulf Oil's
Western Division in Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Gulf Oil and theAnglo-Iranian Oil Company, later known as British Petroleum,
created the Kuwait Oil Company, Ltd. and in 1948, picked Leland Jordan to
manage this young company. In thirteen short years, Mr. Jordan with employees
from twenty-nine countries transformed this company into a highly successful
In recognition of Mr. Jordan's service to British interests in Kuwait, Queen
Elizabeth II appointed him Honorary Commander of the Civil Division of the
Order of the British Empire in 1958, and Honorary Knight Commander in 1961,
honors rarely conferred upon a non-British subject.
Upon retirement in 1962, Mr. Jordan returned to Lufkin with his wife of
27 years, the former Jessie Wright. Mr. Jordan continued to play an active
role in the affairs of the Kuwait Oil Company, Ltd. and was actively involved
in the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M University, becoming
a charter member of the Century Club.
Mr. Jordan passed away in 1976 and in his memory, Mrs. Jordan endowed Texas
A&M University with the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute for International
Awareness. Founded in December of 1986, the Institute serves to foster Mr.
Jordan's spirit of internationalism in the students of this university.