RUTH JONES

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JONES--Ruth, (nee Nagel). October 29, 1920 to June 14, 2013. Ruth Margaret Nagel was one of the first children of Hollywood, born in the movie colony to silent screen star Conrad Nagel and Ruth Helms Nagel. Her father played opposite such leading ladies as Greta Garbo, Gloria Swanson, Norma Shearer and Marion Davies. He was a founder of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, serving as its third president, and hosted the Academy Awards three times. Ruth attended the Westlake School for Girls and graduated from Wellesley College in 1942, majoring in English. In 1946, she married Thomas Victor Jones who became the longtime CEO and Chairman of Northrop Corporation. She was a founding member of the Blue Ribbon, a group that supports The Music Center of Los Angeles and was a member of The Colleagues, a Santa Monica-based charity that supports care for abused and neglected children. She remained an ardent champion of Wellesley College and provided funding for the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre - a showcase for student productions. She was an avid reader, garden lover and cherished her beloved pug, Uva. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, their daughter Ruth Marilyn Jones, son Peter Thomas Jones, and granddaughters Annie and Rosie Jones. She died at home after a short illness. In lieu flowers, please consider a donation to the Los Angeles Public Library.

Published in The New York Times on July 7, 2013