Dr. Jones was born and raised in South Bend, Ind., and earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., in 1957. He earned both his master's and Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1963 from Purdue University.
He joined the faculty of what was then Western Maryland College in 1963, and was chairman of its chemistry department from 1976 to 1982.
In 1967, he founded and served as first president of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers and also held various offices with the National Science Foundation. He was a member of the American Chemical Society.
Dr. Jones lived in Westminster for 34 years and retired from the college in 1999. He moved to Washington, and since 2005 had been a resident of Berkeley Springs.
He was an accomplished woodworker.
Services were held at McDaniel College on Tuesday.
Surviving are his wife of six years, the former Helen Griffith; a son, Kirk Jones of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; two daughters, Andrea J. Hall of Kinsale, Va., and Denise L. Jones of Rosemount, Minn.; two sisters, Ann Priester of South Bend and Mary Splinter of Chicago; and nine grandchildren. His marriage to Betty Hanley ended in divorce.