Sir Marcus deLambert Jordan, KA, JP
Former President of the Senate, Barbados
Sir Marcus deLambert Jordan, KA, JP was a former President of the Senate of Barbados.
Early life and education
Sir Marcus deLambert Jordan was born on 2 March 1929, the last of six children of Marcus Eglinton and Millicent (Payne) Jordan. He was educated at Harrison College, Barbados; and was a graduate of the University of London where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949.
Sir Marcus started his career in the insurance industry in the 1950s, joining Canadian-owned Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife).
He soon established himself as a top underwriter, moving quickly up the ranks. He was the first Barbadian to head Manulife’s local operations, and later joined Barbados Mutual (now Sagicor).
Sir Marcus was first appointed to the Upper House in 1975 and served as Deputy President of the Senate from September 1986 to May 1991. He acted as President from May 1991 to November 1992 and became President from November 1992 to June 1994.
Sir Marcus was also very well versed in the English language and penned quite several short stories using the nom de plume Alex Fitzgerald. Some of his work was published locally while others were broadcast on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Honours and awards
In 2008, the Accolade of Knight of St. Andrew was conferred on Marcus Jordan in recognition of his for his long and distinguished service in the field of insurance and his unswerving commitment to community service.
Sir Marcus was married to wife, Grace Enid Jordan (née Tudor, now Grace Lady Jordan) on 10 September 1960. He was the father of two children - son David and daughter Alies.
Sir Marcus was also an active member of the Methodist Church and enjoyed mentoring aspiring young businessmen.
Sir Marcus died peacefully on 15 October 2011 aged 82. He was accorded an official funeral on 25 October 2011 at the Hawthorne Methodist Church, in Worthing, Christ Church, Barbados followed by a private cremation.