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Donald L. Jones

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Jones Donald L. Jones age 91, died at Kobacker House January 28, 2015. He was born in Towanda PA, graduated H.S. in Ithaca NY, attended Marietta College, SMU Perkins school of theology, and St. Paul's Seminary. As a pacifist and conscientious objector he served 4 years with Civilian Public Service during WWII, in labor camps, army Guinea pig medical tests, and with psychiatric patients at Marlboro State Hosp. in NJ. Ordained as a Methodist Minister he pastored a church in Rossville KS 16 years, while working full-time at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka. He retired from Harding Hospital Worthington, Ohio after 20 years as Director of Adjunctive Therapy. There he set up dynamically oriented milieu therapy treatment, and an art therapy clinical internship. He was a pioneer in the field of Art Therapy, a founder and past president of the American Art Therapy Assoc. and Ohio organization (BATA) and taught classes at CCAD and at Capital University. In retirement (retreaded he called it) he ministered two Unitarian congregations, did expressive art with people in neurological rehabilitation, hospice, prisons, with addiction counselors, teen group homes, wrote articles, contributed writing to journals and books and delivered presentations around the country. He helped establish WAAL and exhibited his paintings locally and nationally. In his art studio he painted, taught art, saw clients and students, many of whom he mentored over his lifetime. He was calm and compassionate, had a wonderful sense of humor, liked making puns and imaginative stories. His manner was healing and inspirational and he made a positive difference in countless lives. Preceded in death by parents Earl William and Ethel Peet Jones, brothers Lyman M. Jones and Earl W. Jones, Jr. He is survived by wife of 35 years, Karen Rush Jones; son, Morgan Rush Jones; first wife, Eleanor Illston Jones; children, David (Joyce), Amy, Evan, Anne Bennett (Adrian), Matthew (Kelly) and Peter; seven grandchildren; six great grandchildren; nephews, and nieces. There will be a memorial service at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus on February 14th at 11 a.m. where Minister Dr. Mark Belletini will celebrate Don's rich and meaningful life as artist, sculptor, minister, therapist, teacher and father. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First UU church, Kobacker House or . Arrangements by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High Street, Worthington, OH 43085. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2015
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