We were saddened to learn that our former colleague and friend, Rutgers professor emeritus and Air Force veteran Dr. Chester H. Jones died at home on Aug. 30, 2017. In memory of his passing, we will be flying the Rutgers flag at half-staff in his honor on September 20, 2017 at Rutgers-New Brunswick.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Jones has lived in West Orange for the past 60 years. From 1951 to 1954, Dr. Jones was in the U.S. Air Force. He served as an honored member of the Rutgers School of Social Work faculty from 1968 to 1996. During his tenure, he was associate dean for academic affairs, chairman of the administration, policy and planning department, and director of the undergraduate social work program. After his retirement, Dr. Jones stayed in touch with Rutgers as a professor emeritus of the University.
He was also a distingushed alumnus of the university, having first earned his B.S. and M.S.W. degrees from Ohio State University, and a doctor of education degree from Rutgers University in 1982. While teaching at Rutgers, he was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health clinical training grant for support of minority students from 1988 to 1991.
Dr. Jones began his career as a psychiatric social worker at the Juvenile Diagnostic Center in Columbus, Ohio, in 1960. He served as executive director of the Columbus Urban League, Columbus, Ohio, and assistant director, National Urban League, New York City.
He was a member of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Mu Boule) since 1963, Kappa Delta Pi, and the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Jones was predeceased by his wife, Norma Wall Jones; his son, Stephen Jones; and his brother, Gerald Jones. He is survived by his daughters, Leslie Johnson, Elizabeth Jones and Madeline Jones; grandchildren, Courtney, Adjani and Ashton; great-granddaughter, Mackenzie; and his sister-in-law, Sally H. Jones.
The Rutgers School of Social Work wishes to honor his contributions to the School and to the community over the years, and we send our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.