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Dr. Lewis P. Jones



SPARTANBURG, SC-- Dr. Lewis P. Jones, of 400 Webber Road, died Friday, July 20, 2007. Dr. Jones, Kenan Professor of History, emeritus, at Wofford College, was born in Laurens, SC on September 8, 1916. He was the son of the late Barney Lewis and Emily Meng Jones and the husband of Densmore Faris Jones.



He received A.B. and M.A. degrees from Wofford in 1938 and 1940, respectively. He taught school in Laurens until entering the Navy in 1942, where he served as an officer throughout World War II. He spent time in the Pacific Theatre as Captain of the U.S.S. YP-549 (Old Subchaser 110), U.S.S. LSM-222 and U.S.S. LSM(R)-590. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church.



Joining the Wofford faculty in 1946, Dr. Jones completed his Ph.D. degree in history from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1952, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was elected secretary of the Wofford faculty in 1958, was named the History Department Chairman in 1962, and became the first holder of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professorship in 1972. He held all three of these positions until his retirement from the college in May, 1987.



During Dr. Jones' chairmanship at Wofford, the history department graduated 430 majors who have been successful in a wide variety of careers-business, 153 graduates; law, 94; primary or secondary education, 45; government or the armed services, 39; higher education, 39; the Christian ministry, 25; medicine and health care fields, 21 and historic preservation, 9.



Dr. Jones' publications included South Carolina: One of the Fifty States (1985); Stormy Petrel: N. G. Gonzales and His State (1973); South Carolina-A Synoptic History for Laymen (1971); Books and Articles on South Carolina: A Guide (1970); The South Carolina Civil War of 1775 (197); and "Religion in South Carolina" in Samuel S. Hill (ed)., Religion in the Southern States (1983).



Dr. Jones worked tirelessly to promote historic preservation and awareness in South Carolina. He served on the state board of review for the National Register of Historic Places. He was a past president of the South Carolina Historical Association; a member of the South Carolina Committee for the Humanities; and a member of the review board of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. He conducted summer seminars for South Carolina elementary and secondary school teachers and administrators, covering topics such as folklore, country stores, Native Americans, slavery, agriculture, education, rivers and architecture. For many years, he was a popular columnist for Sandlapper magazine and sat on the board of directors of the Spartanburg County Historical Association.



In January, 1987, Dr. Jones received the state's highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, and Wofford has honored him on numerous occasions. When he retired, alumni created the Lewis P. Jones Endowed Scholarship Fund. More recently, Dr. Jones received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Alumni Association. In 1993, he became only the third member of the Wofford faculty in the 142-year history of the college to be given an honorary doctoral degree.



An anonymous donor established the Lewis P. Jones Research Fellowship at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina. This fund provides scholars with an opportunity to conduct historical research for a period of approximately 10 weeks each summer.
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from July 22 to July 23, 2007
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