July 23, 2001
Boisfeuillet Jones, the man whose name graces Emorys Boisfeuillet Jones Center, died July 18. He had recently fallen at his Atlanta home and slipped into a coma. He was 88.
Boisfeuillet Jones was a great citizen of Atlanta and an extraordinary
participant in the life of Emory University, said President Bill
Chace. His seven decades of association with Emoryas an exemplary
student, innovative administrator, and wise trusteehave made Emory
a far better place. Our community has been immeasurably blessed by his
ironic spirit, and we will miss him.
in 1934 and from the law school three years later. From 1946 to 1960,
Jones served as an assistant professor of political science, dean of administration
and vice president of health services.
After leaving Emory, Jones turned his attention toward philanthropic
From 1964 to 1988, Jones was president of the Emily and Ernest Woodruff
and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundations, and during that time the foundations
gave the University $105 millionone of the largest gifts to any
educational institution at the time. The Woodruff Foundations among are
the many he led throughout his life.
He was one of the most important people in the second half of the
20th century at the University, said Provost Woody Hunter. He
was responsible for building much of the modern Emory.
"Emory has lost one of its most beloved sons," said William
Fox, senior vice president for Institutional Advancement. "Boisfeuillet
Jones was a tremendous benefactor and a great friend to the University.
His contributions to philanthropy in Atlanta were unparalleled. On a personal
level, I also feel as if I have lost a member of my family; Boisfeuillet
meant that much to my wife Carol and me."
To honor Jones, University flags flew at half-mast July 1920.