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Obituary: Robert Rivers Jones – History Faculty Member & Graduate School Dean 1962-1996 – 4/22/2014

LAFAYETTE – Robert Rivers Jones passed from this life to the next as he slept on Tuesday April 22, 2014. He was at home with his wife and children.

Bob was born in Lawrenceville, VA on February 18, 1934. He attended the University of Virginia (UVa) in Charlottesville where he earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in History and met Pat, his wife of over 53 years. In 1962 Bob and Pat moved to Lafayette, where Bob joined the History Department at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL). He was a member of the USL faculty for 34 years, including service as the Dean of the Graduate School from 1972 to 1982. He was very engaged with the Our Lady of Wisdom community, participating in numerous Newman Foundation and other parish activities. He retired from USL in 1996.

Bob loved sports and the outdoors. His children fondly remember fishing and hiking trips as well as summer vacations in the family’s convertible camping van. While camping, Bob’s children would eagerly listen to the bedtime fables he created for them. They had great fun accompanying him as he competed in recreational league softball games and his regular Sunday morning tennis matches. They absorbed and were entertained by both his enthusiasm for the games and his friendly competitiveness. He continued to enjoy tennis well into his seventies, an activity that fostered many long-standing friendships. He was an avid follower of professional tennis and the New York Yankees, and was a diehard fan of all UVa sports teams. He loved working in the yard around his home, planting many, many beautiful trees and shrubs as well as grapes and delicious annual crops of tomatoes and sweet corn.

Bob’s personality was a unique mix of intellectualism and child-like playfulness. He was an avid reader on topics from history to politics to religion. He was a stickler for details with a strong moral compass. He was not afraid to speak out against injustices and would defend his positions with facts and faultless logic. At the same time he was friendly, unassuming and was not too proud to act downright silly with his family and friends. Whenever he and his sister Marian got together their giggles were legendary and contagious. He maintained his youthful enthusiasm for so many things well into his latter years, from snow sledding to make-believe acting with his young grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Jefferson and Marian Jones. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Lanusse Jones, of Lafayette; his brother, Thomas Nelson Jones of Lynchburg, VA; his sister, Marian Jones Calder, of Waynesboro, VA; his four children: Beth Jones of Baton Rouge, Tom Jones and his wife Laurie Robinson Jones of Wilton, CT, Bob Jones (Jr.) and his wife Julia Martin Jones of Charlottesville, VA, and Tricia Jones of Baton Rouge; and six grand children: Emily, Cameron, Catie, Cary, Rachael, and Dustin.

The family will hold a visitation at Martin and Castille funeral home on St. Landry St., Lafayette from 5-8 PM on Thursday April 24. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette at 3:30 PM on Friday April 25.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311 – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theadvertiser/obituary.aspx?n=robert-jones&pid=170765277#sthash.HPpJLVea.dpuf
Obituary for Robert Rivers Jones

Robert Rivers Jones
Robert Rivers Jones passed from this life to the next as he slept on Tuesday April 22, 2014. He was at home with his wife and children.

Bob was born in Lawrenceville, VA on February 18, 1934. He attended the University of Virginia (UVa) in Charlottesville where he earned his BA, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in History and met Pat, his wife of over 53 years. In 1962 Bob and Pat moved to Lafayette, where Bob joined the History Department at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now UL). He was a member of the USL faculty for 34 years, including service as the Dean of the Graduate School from 1972 to 1982. He was very engaged with the Our Lady of Wisdom community, participating in numerous Newman Foundation and other parish activities. He retired from USL in 1996.

Bob loved sports and the outdoors. His children fondly remember fishing and hiking trips as well as summer vacations in the family’s convertible camping van. While camping, Bob’s children would eagerly listen to the bedtime fables he created for them. They had great fun accompanying him as he competed in recreational league softball games and his regular Sunday morning tennis matches. They absorbed and were entertained by both his enthusiasm for the games and his friendly competitiveness. He continued to enjoy tennis well into his seventies, an activity that fostered many long-standing friendships. He was an avid follower of professional tennis and the New York Yankees, and was a diehard fan of all UVa sports teams. He loved working in the yard around his home, planting many, many beautiful trees and shrubs as well as grapes and delicious annual crops of tomatoes and sweet corn.

Bob’s personality was a unique mix of intellectualism and child-like playfulness. He was an avid reader on topics from history to politics to religion. He was a stickler for details with a strong moral compass. He was not afraid to speak out against injustices and would defend his positions with facts and faultless logic. At the same time he was friendly, unassuming and was not too proud to act downright silly with his family and friends. Whenever he and his sister Marian got together their giggles were legendary and contagious. He maintained his youthful enthusiasm for so many things well into his latter years, from snow sledding to make-believe acting with his young grandchildren.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Jefferson and Marian Jones. He is survived by his wife, Patricia (Pat) Lanusse Jones, of Lafayette; his brother, Thomas Nelson Jones of Lynchburg, VA; his sister, Marian Jones Calder, of Waynesboro, VA; his four children: Beth Jones of Baton Rouge, Tom Jones and his wife Laurie Robinson Jones of Wilton, CT, Bob Jones (Jr.) and his wife Julia Martin Jones of Charlottesville, VA, and Tricia Jones of Baton Rouge; and six grand children: Emily, Cameron, Catie, Cary, Rachael, and Dustin.

The family will hold a visitation at Martin and Castille funeral home on St. Landry St., Lafayette from 5-8 PM on Thursday April 24. Funeral services will be held at Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church in Lafayette at 3:30 PM on Friday April 25.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

View the obituary and guestbook online at www.mourning.com

Martin & Castille-DOWNTOWN-330 St. Landry St., Lafayette, LA 70506, 337-234-2311

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Athletic Network Footnote: Dr. Bob Jones was a strong supporter of the athletic program during his tenure on the faculty.