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Lethonee A. Jones

March 29, 2006

Lethonee A. Jones, associate professor of emerita of social work at Western Michigan University, died Feb. 22, in Kalamazoo. She was 67.

Jones, a WMU faculty member for 19 years, retired in 1994. She was a member of the American Association of Black Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education and Popular Culture Association.

Prior to coming to WMU, Jones was co-director of professional development for the Department of Social Work and assistant professor of social work at the University of Tennessee in Nashville from 1974 to 1976; an instructor in the human services department at Kennedy-King College, City Colleges of Chicago from 1972 to 1973; and assistant community program coordinator for Urban Gateways in Chicago from 1971 to 1972.

Jones also was a Peace Corps volunteer in Mogadishu, Somalia, from 1964 to 1966. She enjoyed crafts of all kinds but was best known locally for her quilting.

A West Virginia native, Jones earned a bachelor's degree from the Western College for Women in 1960, a master's degree from the University of Illinois in 1969 and a doctoral degree from Union Graduate School in 1977.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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