John Finbarr "Jack" Jones, Dean Emeritus and research professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work, died on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the age of 83. A native of Ireland, he was a leading scholar of social development and child welfare. He dedicated his work to improving the lives of global society's most vulnerable people: the poor, the displaced, and victims of war. Professor Jones received his Bachelor's degree at the National University of Ireland. He earned a Master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan
and a Master's in public administration as well as a PhD in social work from the University of Minnesota
. He was the founding dean of the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. From 1976 to 1987, Prof. Jones directed the social work program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, helping to rebuild the social work profession in China. From 1987 until 1996, he was dean of the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. It was under his leadership that the school founded the Bridge Project, a program that supports the education of young people in Denver's public housing projects. He also helped create a lasting partnership between DU and the All China Youth Federation and the China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing. Up until the time of his death, Prof. Jones contributed valuable scholarship to the areas of social development, transitional economies, human security and child welfare--with a particular focus on Africa and Asia. Conducting his research in collaboration with the United Nations, NGOs, foundations and federal agencies, he wrote or edited at least a dozen books and numerous articles for academic and UN journals. John Jones leaves his beloved wife Lois, son Sean, daughter Kristin and son-in-law Nick Troiano, who remember him as a scholar, a poet, a linguist, a devoted husband and a loving father. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11am at Pax Christi Catholic Church, 5761 MacArthur Ranch Road, Littleton, Colorado 80124. Instead of flowers, donations may be made to the DU Graduate School of Social Work or Catholic Relief Services.