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Emeritus Professor T. Canby Jones Dies at 92

The 'Consummate Quaker' Was Vital Part of College Community for 58 Years

February 13, 2014

T. Canby Jones

T. Canby Jones

T. Canby Jones, 92, a Wilmington College original, died today (Feb. 13) in suburban Philadelphia, where he resided since failing health contributed to his leaving Wilmington last August. He had been struggling with pneumonia in recent days.

Jones, an emeritus professor of religion and philosophy, was a member of the Wilmington College faculty from 1955 through his retirement in 1987, after which he continued to teach part time for eight additional years.

He was a spiritual leader for the Religious Society of Friends and the author of numerous books and publications, including George Fox’s Attitude Toward War and The Lamb’s Peacemakers.

The College recognized Jones as an educator, Quaker theologian, mentor, scholar and peacemaker at a program held in his honor in October 2007, at which time it named the newly constructed addition adjacent to the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center as the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse.

Also, the College conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon him in 1995 at its 119th Commencement, at which Jones was guest speaker.

His wife of 58 years, Eunice, preceded him in death in 2004. Their son, Timothy, survives.

Campus Friends Meeting will hold a memorial service at a future date.