Austin Edward Jones
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Jones, Austin Edward
Austin Jones was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1929 and was the son of Blythe (Casey) Jones and Helen Rupert Jones. He was the husband of Marion Kirk Jones who passed away earlier this year. Austin was raised in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated from Baldwin High School (now Birmingham High). He went to college receiving his BA from University of Illinois, his Masters from Purdue and his PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Rochester. He and his wife eventually moved to Phoenix where they both had long teaching careers at Arizona State University. Austin had many interests. As a young man he wrote and directed three dance dramas which Marion, his then-to-be wife choreographed. They were performed at Cranbrook School's Greek Theatre in Bloomfield, Michigan. He was also an accomplished pianist, loved art, music and gardening, enjoyed sailing and had a lifetime interest in politics and environmental issues. He and Marion had a summer home in Omena, Michigan where he became very active in environmental issues. He was one of the founders of the Omena Woods Association, an environmental preservation organization. Austin is survived by his two children, Cleve Jones, Elizabeth (John) Ettinger, two granddaughters, Sylvia and Frankie Ettinger, two sisters, Sylvia Hatton and Suzanne Mulligan, four nephews, a niece and many cousins. He will be missed by all. Services will be held at 3:00, on Sunday, December 28. Please contact for details. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to: Development Office, Oakland School for the Arts, 530 18th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, or visit their website at

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Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 21, 2014.
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December 31, 2014
Liz and Cleve, we are so glad to have known Austin and Marion, two of the best hearts and minds we have known. I was one of Austin's grad students and he helped me in some of that sensory deprivation research he contributed to. But mostly, we enjoyed the two visits to them in about 1982. Austin introduced us to video games and joined us to explore the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and he asked Camille to show him how to make a pie crust. They were both so kind and gracious, they attracted people of like kind. They left behind them a trail worth study.

He was a very, very good teacher and an excellent psychotherapist. His mind was that of a good scientist and he had a command of many, many subjects. He was such a pleasure in conversation.
Dan & Camille Rogers
December 25, 2014
I will Always hold dear the many memories when I was growing up of spending many wonderful times both at the Jones house, and them at ours!!
We got our first couple cats from them. We had the grapefruit trees and they the orange trees. So the families each adopted one tree from the others property. Our families went together to Rocky Point, Mexico. He had I think the first flip up sun-glasses, that I called bat-glasses. They came to visit me in the hospital numerous times when I was really sick as a little girl; and brought me a neat orange mickey mouse and a really cool upsey - downsey book .. I still have both. I got to work with wife Marion a couple times w/ different dance groups. And there were so many more wonderful times and memories!
My brother and I were both So -Grateful to see their wonderful warm familiar faces at our father 's memorial service.
Though as the years went by , the times with the family was not as frequent as it should have been ;
I always enjoyed when we could see and spend at least a little time together.
I am truelly saddened.. And I will Very Truly miss him.. both of them!!
I am So Sorry Liz and Cleve.
Sincerely, Erin Fehr / Duquette and the Whole Fehr family
December 25, 2014
Erin Fehr/Duquette
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