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Campus Memorial Service Planned in April for T. Canby Jones

Emeritus Professor Died Feb. 13 at Age 92

February 17, 2014

T. Canby Jones

T. Canby Jones

T. Canby Jones, 92, a Wilmington College original, died Thursday (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.

Born in Japan to missionary parents, Jones grew up on the campus of Fisk University in Nashville, graduated from Westtown (Pa.) School (1938), Haverford College (1942), and Yale University (B. D. 1952, Ph.D. 1955), where he specialized in the subject of Quaker founder George Fox. A lifelong pacifist, as a conscientious objector he served in CPS during World War II constructing farmsteads pouring concrete.

Under a strong concern throughout his life to visit among Quakers for ecumenical purposes, Jones travelled all over the United States, to Europe, to Africa and four times to East Asia.

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. Survivors include their son, Timothy, and his wife, Mary, as well as Canby’s sister, Catharine J. Gaskill of Orange City, Fla.

Campus Friends Meeting will hold a memorial service on Saturday, April 5, at 10 a.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center. Interment in Richmond, IN will be private.

Condolences can be sent to: Tim and Mary Jones, 431 Lake George Circle, West Chester, Pa. 19382-2193.