"She would read the cells and tell the surgeon, cancer or not cancer, " said her sister, Marcella Trowern.
Born in Chester to Donald and Jane Jordan of Springfield, Delaware County, she was the oldest of six children. She graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School.
In 1994, she married Gerald Hogan. The two settled in Chadds Ford and had two children.
Dr. Jordan was in the second class of women to graduate from Dartmouth College in 1977 after the traditionally all-male college went coed. She graduated with a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in 1981, and returned to Dartmouth to serve a residency.
Her precision as a scientist spilled over into her private life. An artist and writer, Dr. Jordan composed poetry, and her precise drawings of nature, people, and anatomy fill the walls and many notebooks at her home.
"She made wonderful portraits of family members," said Trowern. "She was a sketcher, not a painter."
In addition to spending time with her family, she loved gardening, caring for her whippet, Spoofer, and decorating the Christmas tree.
Dr. Jordan was known for having a sense of adventure and a dry wit, and for her kindness, especially to animals. Her Catholic faith was a great source of strength to her, Trowern said.
Surviving in addition to her parents and husband are daughters Deirdre Hogan and Brigid Hogan; a brother; three sisters; and nieces and nephews. Another sister died earlier.
A visitation at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, at St. Dorothy Church, 4910 Township Line Rd., Drexel Hill, will be followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Burial is private.