FAMU’s College of Arts and Sciences Will Sponsor Memorial Services for Professor Oliver Jones
Tallahassee, FL. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) College of Arts and Sciences will sponsor a memorial service for Oliver Jones, a FAMU political science professor for more than 27 years, Thursday, September 13, at 3:30 p.m. at the New Pharmacy Building, Room 103.
A native of Savannah, Ga., Jones grew up in a single-family home in Statesboro, Ga. He devoted his life to learning, which eventually led to traveling to places like Australia, Italy and London.
Jones originated the first organization for African American firefighters designed to offer them a vehicle for developing strategies for making administrative advancements in a profession that ignored their contributions. Under Jones' direction, FAMU was the only institution in the U.S. to offer this kind of service for training and development.
He received his bachelor’s of science from Savannah State College in 1971 and his master’s degree in1974 and his Ph.D. in 1979 at the University of Illinois.
Jones taught briefly at Rust College in Holly Spring, Mississippi, before becoming a professor at FAMU in 1979.
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