Memorial services for Paula Gasparello Jordan, 59, will be at a later date.
Mrs. Jordan died Nov. 2, 2012. She was born March 15, 1953, in Hingham, Mass., and was the eldest daughter of Ralph Gasparello and Joan Circola Gasparello.
She had lived in Belton for the past 15 years. She graduated from Milton Academy preparatory school in 1971 and then attended Cornell University, graduating in 1975. At Cornell University, she majored in Asian Studies and Chinese Art History. Prior to attending Cornell, she was a foreign exchange student and lived in Phitsanulok, Thailand. After graduating from Cornell, Mrs. Jordan worked for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which was followed by seven years of working at Sotheby Parke Bernett, New York. She worked at Sotheby’s as a Chinese art and antique specialist and was instrumental in establishing the worldwide auction market for Chinese paintings, starting in New York and then in Hong Kong.
In 1983, she moved to Hong Kong to become a full-time resident and co-owner of Pearl River Publications Ltd., a printing and publishing company specializing in fine art, antique and historical books and catalogues. Mrs. Jordan authored the book, “Chinese Art at Auction” in 1987. She lived in Hong Kong 13 years, where she also continued to consult collectors in the fields of Chinese antiques and painting. She traveled extensively throughout China and Southeast Asia.
She married Alan Scott Jordan in Hong Kong and gave birth to identical twin sons. Her sons were born in Hong Kong in November 1993. She moved with her family to Belton in 1996 to be close to her husband’s aging parents.
In Texas, she worked for five years as a Latin teacher and theatrical director at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Temple. She was gifted in languages and excelled in Latin while attending Milton Academy. She became a Texas state certified Latin teacher by exam, while also obtaining state teaching certifications in history and English. She taught Latin at Harker Heights High School for five years before she developed cervical cancer in September 2011.
Survivors include her husband, Alan Scott Jordan, a retired architect and currently a teacher in the Killeen Independent School District; and her twin sons, Charles Austin Jordan and Fredrick Dallas Jordan, who are now freshmen at Cornell University. Her sons recently graduated from Belton High School as National AP Scholars and as valedictorian and salutatorian.
She also is survived by her father, Ralph Gasparello, a Cornell graduate who resides in Hingham, Mass.; her sisters, Linda Gasparello-King, of Rhode Island, Lisa Holt, of Newburyport, Mass., Nina Moore, of San Francisco; and her brother, Ralph Gasparello Jr., of New York.
Mrs. Jordan had a great love of education, languages, culture, music, travel, cooking and interacting with people. She especially enjoyed teaching and sharing her life and thoughts with her students and family. She was a wonderful and gifted woman, wife and mother.
She always reminded her students Non scholae sed vitae discimus. And through her untiring and relentless work, she taught us daily Non est ad astra mollis e terris via. She will always be loved and missed.
Dossman Funeral Home in Belton is in charge of arrangements.