Earl R. Jones, a retired Baltimore assistant schools superintendent, died Feb. 13 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of pancreatic cancer. He was 78.
The son of Vanderbilt Jones and Nanny Cobb Jones, Earl Roger Jones was born and raised in Donora, Pa., where he graduated in 1954 from Donora High School.
A singer and trombone player in his youth, Dr. Jones attended a Nat King Cole concert in Pittsburgh and went backstage at its conclusion.
"He and Nat King Cole shared a couple of cigarettes and then he asked my father, 'Are you good? Go to college and get an education. There are a lot of singers living on saltines and sardines,' " said his son, John Frederick...