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Family Studies emeritus professor Clyde Jones dies

by Sherry Fisher - January 26, 2009


Clyde Jones, an emeritus professor of family studies, died Dec. 28. He was 85.

A resident of the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Jones joined the UConn faculty in 1961. He specialized in early childhood education in the arts, and was active in related state, regional, and national associations. He retired in 1985.

Born in Cobbleskill, N.Y., he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Syracuse University. He earned an Ed.D. degree from Pennsylvania State University, and taught at Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania before coming to UConn.

Duwayne Keller, an emeritus professor of family studies and a longtime friend and colleague, says Jones was instrumental in helping build the department in its early years. “He made many valuable contributions,” Keller says.

Jones’s area of expertise was in creativity, focusing on young children, says Keller.

“His point of view was that creative expression must be allowed to come from within, and be encouraged to come from within. He believed that the freedom, satisfaction, and enjoyment of the process are much more important than the product, and championed this position. It became one of the foundations of our early childhood program.”

Norman Stevens, former director of University Libraries, says Jones donated a “small, but choice” collection of children’s books to the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center when he moved from his home in Storrs Heights to the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Stevens says Jones also donated many boxes of University materials that he had saved along with his personal papers, to the University Archives.

Jones was an accomplished artist. He had a number of one-man shows, and also exhibited in group shows. During his travels, he often sketched buildings and scenes, and was known for his delicate pencil drawings. He used his sketches for his Christmas cards up until the time of his death.

Jones is survived by two sisters, and their husbands and children.

Contributions to the Clyde A. Jones Scholarship Fund may be made payable to the UConn Foundation Inc., with Clyde A. Jones Scholarship Fund in the memo line, and sent to the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06269-3206.

Contributions may also be made to the Mansfield Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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