Jordan Ziprin, 88, died Aug. 29, 2019.
Jordan Ziprin, son of Nathan and Sheba, came from a golden chain of rabbis and reformers. He survived the Lower East Side and grew up in the illuminated shadow of his beloved brother, Lionel, who wrote fantastical poems and was on a lifelong mission to save the recordings of Sephardic songs by their grandfather, Rabbi Naftali Zvi Margolies.
Because of his health, my father had reason to flee New York and his family and attended the University of Arizona. This was a wonderful time in his life. He studied English literature, joined the ROTC, made great friends, strolled down Congress Street looking like James Dean and somehow wooed my gorgeous mother, Natalie Boxer, to Tucson, married her in a rose garden and never let her go.
He proudly served in the Air Force, stationed in Japan, and returned to New York and attended Columbia and the New York University School of Law. He was an attorney at the National Labor Relations Board. His dream was to transfer to Arizona as soon as he could with his family, and he happily settled in Phoenix in 1967. After retirement, he made national headlines with a lawsuit against Toyota.
He was a gifted classical pianist, danced the cha-cha, contemplated the cosmos and was a romantic. Natalie was the light of his life. He loved his daughters, Anne Z. Lang (Daniel) and Alisa Z. Shorr (Kenneth), from A to Z and found joy in each of his beautiful grandchildren, Reuven Shorr, Ezra Shorr, Zoe Lang and Aidan Lang; and his great-grandchildren, Elijah Nogales and Benjamin Shorr.
He was buried next to his bride at Paradise Valley Cemetery on Sept. 4, 2019.
Donations in his memory can be made to:
National Jewish Health, P.O. Box 17169, Denver, CO 80217-0169.