KEENE — Alfred Welwood Jones, a lifelong summer resident of Keene, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he had resided for the last three years.
He was born in New york City on July 6, 1915 to Adam L. Jones and Lily Murray Jones, and grew up in Montclair.
He attended Columbia University and received his Masters Degree and Ph.D in mathematics from that school. In 1940, he began a long academic career, first at the University of Maine, then at Yale University.
His career was punctuated by wartime service in the Pacific from which he returned to teach at the University of Michigan and later at R.P.I. He was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.
Alfred left teaching to work for Bell Laboratories in the 1950s and the Institute for Defense Analysis in the 1960s. He returned to teaching in the 1970s: Wayne State University, and finally Florida Atlantic University where he oversaw the transfer of the Computer Mathematics Program from the Engineering to the Business School.
He retired from teaching at the age of 83, and devoted himself to advanced Buddhist study, Tai Chi and Qigong. He was an active church member all his life, born and raised a Congregationalist, in young adulthood a Baptist deacon, then a Presbyterian Elder, and finally a Eucharistic Lay minister.
He is survived by a son, Roy Jones of North Hampton, N.H.; two daughters: Darcy Jones Fuguet of Cambridge, Mass. and Keene, and Laurie Jones Bergamini of Lake Placid; his third wife, Pierrette Petas Jones of Keene; 11 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers: Murray and Wallace Jones, both Keene summer residents; his daughter Alison Jones; his son Bruce Logan Jones and a grandson, Colin Dayhoff.
A memorial service to be announced at a later date, will take place this summer in Keene.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Keene Valley Congregational Church.