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Dr. Kevin Rice Jones dies

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

We are saddened to report the passing of Dr. Kevin Rice Jones (PhD: Physics 1957). Dr. Jones died March 20, 2009 in Groton, CT. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, JoAnn (Pete) Peterson. Dr. Jones received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan. He woked for a time at Oak Ridge, Tennessee on a project to create a nuclear-powered airplane, but left when it became evident that it would fail. After receiving his PhD in Physics at KU, he taught Petroleum Engineering at KU from 1957 to 1966, except for one year that he spent as a Fulbright Scholar in Medellin, Colombia. After that, he held positions as director of, or working in, computing departments at North Carolina State University (Raleigh), for Perkin-Elmer Corp. while living in Ridgefield at the University of Delaware (Newark), and for the Naval Underwater Systems Center, New London. He resigned from NUSC in the late 1970's to build and manage SPOK! Racquetball Club with Pete for several years. In the early 1980s, Jones did computer programming and consulting on a part-time basis. Dr. Jones was 85 years old.