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Joel Mackey Jones

Durango, Colorado

1937 - 2016

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Joel Mackey Jones, President Emeritus of Fort Lewis College, died at his home in Durango, Colorado on July 13, 2016, following an 18-month battle with brain cancer. He was 78. Dr. Jones was born to Theodore Roosfelt Jones and Edna Mae Mackey Jones on August 11, 1937, in Millersburg, Ohio. He was...

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Joel directed UNM's doctoral program in American Studies when I was there 1970-74. I was looking forward to seeing him next week, and am deeply saddened to learn of his death. He was indeed a wonderful teacher, administrator, mentor, and friend. I, too, remember his daughter playing in his office when I talked with him.
Rose Gladney

I met Joel back in the mid 90's. We were both speaking at an Environmental Seminar in the College Ball Room. I read an excerpt from Loren Eiseley and he had mentioned to me that Eiseley was one of his favorite authors. Joel was the one of the finest presidents Fort Lewis ever had. He will be missed by so many. We have lost a truly fine gentleman.

Burt Baldwin

Joel was a person I admired greatly. In many ways he was a mentor and a role model for me. He was completely dedicated to UNM. In his professorial role he was an excellent teacher and a prolific and profound scholar-writer. Few know about the critical roles he played in his many administrative positions at UNM in keeping the university functioning in times of crisis. The well-being and advancement of students and faculty were always his priorities in making decisions. Even though few know...

On behalf of all of Joel's many friends in the nationwide handball community, sincere condolences to the family. Joel loved to play handball and was a fierce competitor over the many years he did play. He was also a staunch supporter of the game and made many friends during the annual handball camps held at the Durango Sports Club. He will be missed.

Joel was a blessing to work for at the Univ. of New Mexico. I was fortunate to have had that honor when he was Assoc. Provost. He was such a kind, fair and honorable human being with intelligence beyond measure. I remember him bringing in Cammie and Joci to work at times so he could spend more time with them. What a special Dad, for certain. I am sorry the world has lost such a remarkable man. My condolences to all his family, near and far.

My deepest condolences to All you in this difficult time. May blessings to all of you.


Rochelle, Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. While death is never an easy thing to deal with, we pray that in the midst of your sorrow you find comfort in all the joyful memories shared and will always cherish these beautiful memories . Romans 15:13

Joel will always be remembered as a "Man Of All Seasons". We are all blessed to have known and loved Joel and all the people,family ,and friends touched by his love and care.