Chestertown, MD, February 5, 2003—The Washington College community is saddened by the loss of Dr. Stephen N. Jones, who passed away Sunday, February 2, at his Rockville home. Dr. Jones was a highly dedicated and effective member of the College's Board and was much admired and beloved by his colleagues. His presence will be greatly missed.
Born and raised on a Rockville farm, Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Georgetown University and began his medical career as a country doctor more than 50 years ago. When he retired in 1995, his expertise was widely recognized and he was well respected as the founder and leader of a group practice of 10 physicians. When he opened his practice in 1950, there were few internists and even fewer specialists in what was then the little town of Rockville; as was the manner of doctors of the era, house calls were his specialty, a practice that he continued even in the later years of his career. Dr. Jones was an internist who specialized in cardiology. In the early 1970s, he was instrumental in organizing Holy Cross Hospital's "heartmobile," an emergency response van equipped with heart-monitoring and diagnostic equipment. During his long career, he also found time to work as a clinical instructor at Georgetown University's medical school and to serve on the board of regents of both the medical school and the University. In 1992, the Montgomery County Medical Society named him Clinician of the Year.
In 2001, Dr. Jones was invited to become a Member of the Board of Washington College, an opportunity that he graciously and enthusiastically accepted. He became a dedicated member of the Committee on Development and the Committee on Financial Affairs; he was particularly effective in focusing on important problems and in finding useful solutions. Most of all, he was a considerate colleague who set a tone of cooperation, and made it a joy for others to work with him.
In this sad hour, his many friends at Washington College would like to honor his memory and accomplishments and to send our thoughts to his family. Dr. Jones is survived by his wife Ann, four children, and 10 grandchildren.
—Dr. John Toll, President of the College