Sometimes, a person reaches out and touches us. We feel his influence as surely as if we have known him every day of our lives. As I read through statements made by Jack in his many interviews, I come to see that he really was quite open about who he was and the lessons he learned in life. He may not have given us his hat size, but he did give us much of what was in his heart.
Webmaster, Remembering Jack Lord
Jack Lord, born John Joseph Patrick Ryan, was — and is — a man to be admired and respected. He is a man who touches us by what he believed and how he lived. But he was not always that way. Like all of us, Jack started out young and naive. Although he stumbled along the way, he found his footing and continued to grow, until, at the end of his life, he was nothing less than an elder statesman, who devoted himself to doing for and giving to others.
Jack’s death hit many people very hard. Even people who did not know him off screen have reported mourning his passing deeply and for long periods of time. Because Jack chose to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered off Kahala Beach, his home for the last thirty years of his life, those left behind felt a need to have a place to go to pay their respects. Accordingly, a group spearheaded by Douglas Mossman and Esperanza Isaacs raised the money and hired sculptor Lynn Weiler Liverton to create a memorial bust in Jack’s memory. It was dedicated in June 1994 and receives daily visitors in its location at Kahala Mall.
The creation of Remembering Jack Lord has not been an easy undertaking. After all, more than 30 years have passed since Jack retired from public life, and 16 years have passed since he passed away. This current presentation varies greatly from how Remembering Jack Lord appeared for its first three years. Much biographical material has been removed. Quite simply, it proved to be untrue, a story created strictly as a star's publicity vehicle. What you see here, while limited, encompasses the truth as supported by official records.
What remains unchanged is the fact that there was much more to Jack Lord than even the sum of the characters he portrayed. There was a human being who loved humankind and did everything he could to benefit it. Indeed, Jack and Marie Lord continue to do good for humankind through their trust fund.