Obituary


Barclay Jones

Dr. Barclay G. Jones, long-time NCEER researcher and committee member, and a professor in the department of city and regional planning at Cornell University, died suddenly May 26, 1997 at age 72. Dr. Jones was a national authority on the social and economic impact of earthquakes.

He played an integral role in developing NCEER's social and economic issues program, by developing a research thrust in the socioeconomic issues area that integrated with engineering tasks. This culminated in Dr. Jones's joining NCEER's Executive Committee and later, the Research Committee.

Dr. Jones's most recent NCEER accomplishment was the organization of the conference Economic Consequences of Earthquakes: Preparing for the Unexpected and the subsequent publication of its proceedings (see book review on page 90). The two day meeting targeted corporate CEO's, insurance executives, developers, financial managers, and others who have a stake in the fiscal well-being of urban areas after earthquakes. An executive summary of the conference will soon be published for policy makers and government officials, and will be dedicated to Dr. Jones's memory.

Dr. Jones joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1961. He directed the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research Program in Urban and Regional Studies, and initiated the Historic Preservation Planning program. His other administrative posts included chair of the Department of Policy Planning and Regional Analysis and director of the Center for Housing and Environmental Studies.

As a professor, Dr. Jones took great interest in the work of his students. His role as a mentor was of great importance to him, and he met with students at all hours of the day - and night - to answer their questions. Often, when making an appointment with Dr. Jones, students would ask whether the meeting was set for a.m. or p.m.

He was a sought after consultant for municipalities across the Northeast, conducting studies on tourism for Cape May (NJ) County, economics for Bucks (PA) County, and flood recovery for Wilkes Barre, PA. His consulting work took him abroad where he was an advisor on the preservation of cultural relics and historic sites for the People's Republic of China; he also served as a consultant for the U.S. State De partment on regional development and planning issues in Tanzania and Jordan. Dr. Jones was recognized numerous times for his professional achievements. He was named a Fellow of the U.S. International Council on Monuments and Sites in 1986; he received the National Parks Service's 1988 Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of the Interior; and was named Distinguished Planning Educator by the American Collegiate Schools of Planning in 1990.

His professional affiliations included the AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science, the American Economic Association, the American Institute of Architects and the American Statistical Association.

Contributions in Dr. Jones's memory may be made to the "Barclay G. Jones Scholarship Fund for Planning Programs." The fund was established in 1992 by Cornell graduate Thomas W. Jones. Income is used by Cornell University's planning department and the graduate field of city and regional planning to emphasize training in the use of quantitative methods of analysis. According toThomas Jones, the endowment is dedicated to Barclay "in recognition that everybody stands on someone's shoulders - and over the years Barclay has willingly offered his shoulders to many of his stu- dents, including me."


For information on making a donation to the fund, contact:

Connie Kindig
City and Regional Planning
106 W. Sibley Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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