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Chapter EternalBrother David T. Jones, Beta Pi '60, Penn '63

It is with great sadness to report the death of David T. Jones, a life-long brother of Beta Pi chapter who truly exemplified our motto, “Once a Pike, always a Pike”.

Brother Jones joined PiKA and was an active member during the years PiKA went from being an afterthought on Penn’s campus to one of the largest and most diverse memberships of all fraternities at Penn. The brotherhood of his years set the groundwork for Beta Pi being a force on campus, in a brand- new chapter house, and later earning the Smythe awards in the 70’s. He maintained a long list of life-long friendships with his Beta Pi brothers, including Dr. Howard Myers ’59, Peter G. Kutra Jr. ’60 (deceased in 2009), John Eldred ’63, J. Conrad Bosley ’61, and William C. Gipe ’59.

After graduation in 1963, David continued to attend Penn’s Homecoming and particularly Founders Day. He attended Founders Day annually until he was too ill to attend this year. Even as his health failed him, the importance of PiKA remained in his mind, by virtue of his thoughtful annual donation to the Beta Pi Alumni Association (Beta Pi AA) and the mention that he was a PiKA in the stunning summation of his considerable life-time achievements set forth in his obituary. The full extent of a life-time of accomplishments can be found in his obituary that you can access with this link.

Very briefly, after graduating Penn, brother Jones spent two years in Korea as a Second Lieutenant in the intelligence branch of the U.S. Army. Following twenty more years in the Army Reserve, he retired as a Lt. Colonel.

After his active duty tour in the Army, he entered the U.S. Foreign Service. During his 34-year career with the State Department, he had assignments in Paris, NATO/Brussels, and to the Greek Base Negotiations. He served a major role in the negotiation and ratification of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty. After promotion to the Senior Foreign Service, he became the Foreign Affairs Advisor to two Army Chiefs of Staff. He was then assigned to the U.S. Ottawa Embassy in Canada. During his Foreign Service years, he was presented with many distinguished service awards.

After retirement from the Foreign Service, brother Jones began a second career as a writer and editor. He wrote hundreds of articles, columns, and monographs for various Canadian and U.S. newspapers and journals, edited numerous sections of the annual State Department Human Rights Report, and authored and co-authored several books.

Morty Cohen, Beta Pi ’65, always looked forward to meeting with David at every Founders Day celebration: “David always amazed me with his knowledge of foreign affairs. His complete understanding of protocol, and in-depth analysis of the responsibilities and liabilities on each side of an issue, was extraordinary. Until I read his obituary, I had no idea of the extent of his experience in foreign affairs. As an extremely modest person, he never mentioned his background. I knew him only as an author.”

Our sincere condolences are extended to his wife Teresa, his daughters Martha, Lisa, and Margaret, and all other members of his family.