Campus News: Jameson Miller Jones ′36


Photo: Duncan and Jones
Jerry Duncan ’61 and Dean Jameson Jones ’36 at Homecoming 2007

Jameson Jones, who served as professor of moral philosophy and vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college from 1955-1971, died August 25, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital.

A member of the Rhodes Class of 1936, Dean Jones held the Ph.D. from Duke University and M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. In addition, he completed graduate work at Oxford University.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, he held pastorates in Missouri and Mississippi before accepting the positions of professor and dean of Centre College, where he served from 1942-1955. At President Peyton N. Rhodes’ invitation, he joined Rhodes in 1955, where he served for many years. In 1971, he left to become associate director of institutional development at the Memphis College of Art, where he served as president from 1976-81.

Dean Jones was not only the chief academic officer for Rhodes but the informal intellectual leader of the faculty and a colleague who exemplified outstanding faculty service. To honor his record of achievement, The Jameson M. Jones Award for Outstanding Faculty Service was established in 2005 by Dr. John Gladney ’74.

The widower of Clare Nichols Jones and Dorothy Darnell Jones, his wife of 54 years, he leaves a daughter, Sally Jones Heinz ’81; three sons, Calvin, Samuel and Miller; and five grandchildren.