T. Canby Jones

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T. Canby Jones, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at Paoli Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania after a brief bout with pneumonia.

Jones was born in Karuizawa, Japan, Sept. 25, 1921. He grew up on the campus of Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.; graduated from Westtown School, Westtown, Penn., in 1938; graduated from Haverford College, Haverford, Penn., in 1942, and Yale University with a bachelor's degree in 1952, and his Ph.D. in 1955, specializing in Quaker founder George Fox.

A lifelong pacifist, as a CO he served in CPS during World War II constructing farmsteads pouring concrete. He joined the faculty of Wilmington College in 1955, retiring from full time teaching 32 years later in 1987. He also taught briefly at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Ind.

Under a strong concern throughout his life to visit among Quakers for ecumenical purposes, Jones travelled all over the United States, to Europe, to Africa and four times to East Asia.

He married Eunice Meeks Aug. 19, 1945 who preceded him in death nine years ago after 58 years of marriage. He is survived by their son, Timothy H. Jones of West Chester, Penn., and his sister, Catharine J. Gaskill of Orange City, Fla.

Campus Friends Meeting of Wilmington, in cooperation with Wilmington College, will hold a memorial meeting for worship Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center, Wilmington College.

Interment in Richmond, Ind., will be private.

Published in News Journal from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014
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