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Doris Mae Deviese Jones of Edgewood, Pennsylvania, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the age of 93. Born February 17, 1924 in Wellsburg, WV to Russell E. Deviese (a barber and insurance salesman) and Minnie K. Deviese. Doris pursued education and community service for herself and her family most of her life. In the turbulent days during World War II, Doris after briefly attending nursing school headed off to Morgantown to go to the University of WV and attend Pharmacy School. Two weeks into classes, and despite "wartime" issues, Doris and her other female classmate were unceremoniously told that women "would not have the stamina" to complete the requirements of the Pharmacy capstone course, and that they should "take up chemistry". Upon switching to chemistry, Doris worked at Weirton Steel as a metallurgist in spectroscopy pursuing this path at WVU until she met her future husband, Clarence Irwin Jones, Jr. Doris and Clarence were married and relocated to the University of California at Berkeley. While Clarence pursued his Electrical Engineering Degree, Doris, with her chemistry background and former work on quality control at Weirton Steel, found work in the "radiation building". Doris worked with several future Nobel recipients utilizing the cyclotron, as a Health Physicist developing early radiological practices including glove boxes, the first widely used but now common radiation symbol, and at the time of her passing was one of the oldest Health Physicist still living that was associated with the Manhattan Project. Upon her return to the Pittsburgh area Doris continued her studies at WVU. Upon moving to Pittsburgh she worked at Carnegie Tech's chemistry department and set up a grant-funded isotope lab at West Penn Hospital. Doris was the first recipient of Sigma Xi's "Friend of the Society", the first female Health Physicist in UC Berkeley, and responsible for the chemistry department and the Crocker-Donner labs at UC Berkeley at that time. Doris was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Edgewood where in the past she served as a frequent hostess and Girl Scout leader. Doris was also the past President of the Edgewood Historical Society for decades, the Edgewood Garden Club and the Duquesne Women's Guild (1981-83, and 1997-2002). Doris was awarded Edgewood's William D. Limpert Volunteer Award for not only being a "driving force behind the Historical society and garden club", but for her work in regards to the Edgewood Memorial Park monument restoration and getting names added onto the memorial. Doris was also the past Chairman of the Eastern area of the Pittsburgh Symphony Society, a Federated Flower Show Judge/Master Judge, Federated Landscape Design Critic, and a Director of the Garden Club of Pennsylvania. Besides her multiple articles published on gardening topics, she was an over 70-year member of the Wellsburg Order of the Eastern Star. Doris is survived by daughter, Joyce Lynn Hobbs Educator, MA, MS of Martinsburg, WV, Cynthia Pauline Gallinger, MA, and husband, Dr. Roy, MD of Sylva, NC, Miann Elizabeth Jones, MBA, RPH Beckley, WV, Ronan L. Jones MS of Edgewood; and the dear grandmother of Gwen Gallinger, Gareth Hobbs, Nathaniel Gallinger, Bryce Hobbs, Noah Gallinger. Friends received at the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC., 7441 Washington Street, Swissvale, PA 15218, Sunday 2-4, and 7-9 p.m. Service will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, October 16, 2017, 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Edgewood Historical Society c/o Nied Funeral Home.
Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, 2017
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