David & Virginia Jones

David Jones and Virginia (Lipoma) Jones are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on December 17th. They were married at the Church of the Nativity in 1953 and spent their first year in Long Beach, California where David was finishing his tour of duty in the U.S. Navy. From 1954 to 1958 David used the G. I. Bill to earn a B.A. degree in Philosophy and Religion at the University of Kansas City while Virginia worked as a cartographic technician with the Army Map Service in Kansas City. In 1958 they moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where David earned his MA and PhD degrees at Harvard University. Virginia worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Civil Engineering Department as a technical assistant where she operated the first IBM 1620 transistorized computer. From 1962 to 1967 David began his teaching career at the University of Kansas and Virginia operated the university computer. In 1967 David accepted a position at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Virginia worked for the College Computer Center and eventually became the Director of the Department of Information Technology. They lived in Williamsburg 38 years and upon retirement returned to Independence to enjoy being with their families and traveling.

Published in the Kansas City Star on December 15, 2013