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Katharine Cox Jones, known to family and friends as Kay, died peacefully on February 22, 2017, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 96. She taught music across DC and Maryland for fifty years, inspiring thousands to have fun playing simple instruments. With her friend Peg Hoenack, Kay co-authored the Let's Sing and Play series of music education books. She also lobbied tirelessly for arts education, and gave generously to arts organizations. She was active in the Washington Recorder Society, a fixture at area concerts, and started the Meadow Lane Consort. Kay and her husband Vincent C. Jones were also well known to the city's conservation activists, and Kay once wrote a song about cleaning the Chesapeake Bay. A graduate of Wellesley College, class of 1941, she drove herself to her 70th reunion. Those who knew her will remember how she embraced every change and challenge with curiosity, grace and sharp wit. Kay is survived by her three sons, her four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She will be buried with family in the churchyard of Old Trinity in Brooklyn CT, on May 20, coinciding with the meeting of the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association.

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 2, 2017