Jordan H. Wine ’46 died on December 7, 2021, in Scarsdale, New York
(The following was provided by his family)
Jordan (Buddy) Wine — born on November 26th, 1925, in Providence, Rhode Island — was 96 years old when he passed away on December 7th, 2021.
Buddy (or Bud) spent his formative years in Providence and moved Portland, Maine, at age 11. In 1941, in his senior year at Deering High School, he volunteered for an accelerated college program sponsored by the armed forces to prepare college-bound young men to be officers. The Army then sent Bud, who had been accepted at Bowdoin College, to Amherst College for a brief time before assigning him to the infantry because, at that point in World War II, the army needed foot soldiers much more than officers. As a result, Bud proudly served his country from 1944-1946 as a private first class.
After the War, Bud returned to his studies and graduated magna cum laude from Bowdoin. Two of his future brothers-in-laws –Joseph Chandler ’42 and Shepard “Shep” Lee ’47—attended, as well. Several of their children and grandchildren would go on to graduate from Bowdoin as well.
At Bowdoin, Buddy and Shep helped found the fraternity Alpha Rho Upsilon (ARU, or All Races United), Bowdoin’s first racially integrated fraternity — open to Blacks, as well as Jews like Bud and Shep. As a junior (1946-47), Bud was treasurer of ARU and then president in his senior year (1947-1948). A number of his younger family members also graduated from Bowdoin, many of whom were ARU brothers, as well.
Buddy met his future wife, Jean Margolis, on a blind date in 1948 and they married in 1949. Their 72-year marriage was filled with love, respect, and admiration. Buddy was an avid amateur photographer, world traveler, and loved the arts — especially the opera. He also had a wonderful sense of humor and knew how to tell a great joke. Buddy had a great sense of social justice and fairness that led him to volunteer for many projects in his community. He also was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Wine, older sister, Marjorie Chandler, daughter Linda Wine and her husband, Alejandro Duhalde, son Bennett Wine and his wife, Helle Thorning, and daughter Judith Wine and her husband, Steven Levine. He is also survived by his four grandchildren and two great-children.