Sept. 4, 2001
1927 SUNY OSWEGO GRADUATE
MEMORIALIZED IN SCHOLARSHIP
OSWEGO -- The memory of a man who graduated from SUNY Oswego nearly 75 years ago will be perpetuated in a scholarship established by the estate of his widow. The Gurden Jones '27 Presidential Scholarship was endowed with $74,381 bequeathed to the college by the Helen A. Jones Trust.
"The Gurden Jones '27 Presidential Scholarship will make a real difference in the lives of students for generations to come," said Kevin Mahaney, vice president for development at the college and executive director of the Oswego College Foundation. "It will make a college education possible for the most highly qualified students and will serve as a lasting legacy to the memory of Mr. Jones."
Gurden Jones graduated from Oswego in 1927 and spent nearly 50 years teaching industrial arts in New York and New Jersey. In 1975, he retired and moved to Florida, where he resided until his death in 1990.
Helen Jones donated $5,000 to SUNY Oswego in her husband's memory in 1995. The gift was used to purchase a state-of-the-art four-gas emissions analyzer for the technology education department.
In interviews at the time, she described her husband as "a very energetic man who became an active participant wherever he went."
At Oswego, he was involved in student government and worked his way through school by playing the banjo in a dance band. After graduation, he returned to campus to attend the annual technology conferences.
In retirement, he launched an extensive adult education program in Port Charlotte, Fla., and was active with the local library.
The first Gurden Jones '27 Presidential Scholarship will be awarded in 2003.
For information on making SUNY Oswego part of a will, call the Office of Development at 312-3003.
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