FSU Department of History to memorialize beloved teacher and scholar Jim Jones

The Florida State University Department of History is honored to announce a memorial service for beloved colleague, teacher, and scholar James P. Jones at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15,  2020. 

Join the department, friends, colleagues, former students, and more in remembering and celebrating one of the university’s most legendary figures. Jim was a joyous and integral part of Florida State for more than 57 years, and we welcome those whose lives he touched to join us for this event.

Jim was by far the most popular and celebrated teacher the department has ever known, enthralling literal generations of students with his encyclopedic knowledge of his subject matter and searing wit. When students would approach Jim to say that he’d taught their parents, Jim would laugh and reply, “and how’s your grandmother/grandfather, whom I also taught.”

Jones continued teaching for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute after his 2014 retirement. He taught classes on American politics, Watergate, the Civil War, and other subjects that were so popular the OLLI staff had to find larger venues to accommodate the interested.

Speakers for the memorial include Jim’s daughter Nancy Jones, historian and John’s Hopkins professor Philip D. Morgan, U.S. Naval War College assistant professor Andrew Zwilling, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute director Debra Herman, and U.S. Army War College assistant professor Col. Matthew Morton, who will reflect on Jim’s life.

Guests are also invited to plan for a special celebratory toast to Jim at the end of the event.   

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Thursday, October 15 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

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