In one of his final public appearances, Jordan was upbeat this summer at the Concours d'Elegance of America at Meadow Brook in suburban Detroit, where his restored Motorama cars were on display.
"The beauty of the Motorama cars is we tried different ideas," he recounted in an interview with AW.
Passion for design
Cherry said he considered Jordan "the quintessential designer, the designer's designer."
"I'll always remember his commitment to high standards and aesthetic excellence. He will be missed," Cherry said.
He said one of his favorite memories of Jordan is when they would tour auto shows together, particularly European auto shows, looking at the work of competitors. Cherry spent 25 years working at and leading GM's design efforts in Europe before replacing Jordan as corporate design chief in 1992.
"I learned a lot from Chuck. It's a very sad day," Cherry said on Friday.
David Locze, a designer at Volvo, worked for Jordan for 15 years at GM, from 1965 to 1980.
"Chuck is probably one of the most visionary people I've ever known; he was always pushing for the guys to explore originality and newness. I really respected him for that," Locze said.
"I worked for him in the best era of all, the muscle-car era, from 1965 to 1980. He had a spirit and a light in his eye. When he talked to you, his eyes would light up.
"When I left GM and moved on to Volkswagen, my own company and then to Volvo, I carried over the joy of working on something you really liked, without the politics. Chuck always thought the politics got in the way of actually designing. He wasn't very political; he was just always about good, solid design. He always emphasized that and I have always carried it with me."
Jordan's drive for the best designs and to draw the best from his designers meant there were times he dispensed with pleasantries.
In the 1996 book All Corvettes Are Red by James Schefter, which chronicled the development of the 1997 Chevrolet Corvette, Jordan was known as the "Chrome Cobra" by those who worked in GM's design department.
"He earned the sobriquet honestly. Jordan could be acerbic when he critiqued designs and capricious in dealing with real or imagined offenses," Schefter wrote.
Locze, the Volvo designer said, "He wasn't really stern but at the same time, he was pretty direct."