Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The dubbing of Richard T. Jones Hall

[Note: this post was revised on Feb. 4 per comments sent to me by Neil Jones.--Sara]

The Science section of this morning's Oregonian newspaper carried a notice of the January 23 university media release announcing the renaming of the Basic Science Building to Richard T. Jones Hall. (Another update to the campus buildings names list!)

The OHSU announcement recounts many of Dr. Jones' achievements and contributions to the medical school and the university as a whole. What it leaves out is that Dick Jones is part of a long and distinguished line of University of Oregon Medical School graduates and faculty, including his father Lester T. Jones, M.D. (1894-1983), a prominent ophthalmologist; his uncle Arthur C. Jones, M.D. (1896-1983), who was an expert in rehabilitation medicine; his brother Warren L. Jones, M.D. (1924-2007), a psychiatrist; and his son Gary R. Jones, M.D., a pediatric oncologist. Dr. Richard Beam, M.D., Dick's nephew, also graduated from OHSU (Class of 1984).



With such a pedigree, Drs. Dick and Gary Jones were natural candidates for the OHSU Oral History Program; tapes and transcripts of their interviews (Dick, Gary) are available in the Main Library as well as Historical Collections & Archives. Dr. Dick Jones has also been a supporter of the collections here, and has donated items including a sketch of former Biochemistry chair Ed West, Ph.D. drawn by Charles Dotter, M.D.

This is the second time in the history of the university that a building has been named (or renamed) for a living person, after the 2006 naming of the Peter O. Kohler Pavilion.

(Images of Dick Jones during his tenure as Chair of Biochemistry, and in 1987 with portrait of Dr. Lester T. Jones)

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