ASSE Saddened By Recent Death of Former President Marion L. Jones, Revisit Comments on His Commitment to Profession
Des Plaines, IL (October 20, 2009) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is saddened by the recent death of ASSE Past President Marion L. Jones, P.E., CSP, of Georgetown, Texas. He served as ASSE president from 1978 to 1979 and remained an active and dedicated member of ASSE for 68 years. Jones was a member of the ASSE Central Texas Chapter and since 2008 an emeritus professional member.
Jones passed away on October 15 after an extended illness. His wife of 60 years, Edith, passed away just weeks earlier on September 1.
“This is a major loss for ASSE and its members,” ASSE President C. Christopher Patton, CSP, said today. “However, many lives have been saved and many work injuries prevented due to the lifelong work and dedication of Marion. We will miss him very much.”
Born in Cleburne, Texas, Jones served as a Navy Lieutenant in World War II and saw service in the Pacific. He graduated from Texas A&M University, and dedicated his career to safety engineering. He worked for the Texas A&M Engineering Extensions Service, the Occupational Safety Division of the Texas State Department of Health and for Liberty Mutual Insurance.
In an interview with ASSE staff at the Orlando, Florida, ASSE Professional Development Conference in June 2007, Jones noted that after serving in the Navy, he went back to school to get his degree in mechanical engineering. Before graduating in 1947, his uncle, who was a safety engineer, mentioned his company was interviewing job candidates on campus. Jones signed up for an interview with them, but although a job did not pan out he did learn that Liberty Mutual was expanding its loss prevention programs and were hiring.
“That was in November of 1947 when I graduated,” Jones said.
Liberty Mutual hired Jones where he worked for 20 years before joining the Texas State Department of Health’s Occupational Safety Division until his retirement in 1990.
When asked by ASSE staff what he liked most about his career in safety Jones said, “I felt like I was doing some good. Like when you have somebody come up to you and say, ‘I sure thank you for calling this hazard to our attention’ as one person said to me.”
“He said ‘the other day you asked that a new mat be put in front of the electrical board. We did and soon after lightning struck. If it hadn’t been for that brand new rubber mat, I wouldn’t be here today’, he told me.” Jones noted.
When asked if the safety profession is a rewarding one Jones said, “Very definitely I think it’s very, very rewarding. I think in the ways we live it is a very important and needed profession to be quite honest with you. I feel very proud of the fact that I was a safety engineer and helped people prevent injuries to their workers. There’s some amount of self satisfaction in doing that.”
In addition to his professional and home life, Jones was an active member in ASSE on many levels. He also participated in the June 2009 ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition held in San Antonio.
The service arrangements included a visitation on Sunday, October 18, at Cook-Walden-Davis Funeral Home, Georgetown. A memorial service was held Monday, October 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown. Memorial gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Georgetown, TX, or to The G2G Fund, Hope Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas. Jones is survived by his children, Stan (and his wife Brenna) and Phyllis; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Brandon (and his wife Emily), and Lindsay; and by two great-grandsons, Canon and Brady.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to www.asse.org.