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 Collection

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 enterprise.

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.