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Remembering one of PRBO's dearest friends

John L. Jones

Sarah Huard


At a community celebration of his birthday, John L. Jones. Photo courtesy Mimi Lowery.
The close of 2003 saw the loss of one of PRBO's dearest friends, John Lowell Jones. Surrounded by his family, at the age of 89, John passed away at Marin General Hospital on Sunday, December 7.

John served on PRBO's Board from 1989 to 1996 and as an emeritus member from 1996 to 1998. He was instrumental in the renovation of PRBO's Visitor Center at our Palomarin Field Station.

John's contributions to PRBO were many and varied. A resident of the Seadrift community in Stinson Beach since 1977, John graciously offered the use of his guest house for PRBO management staff retreats. There, in proximity to Bolinas Lagoon (as well as John's renowned contemporary art collection and nationally recognized garden), PRBO management staff were inspired and renewed annually.

Lang Stevenson, PRBO Board Treasurer, Chair of the Bird-A-Thon Committee, and former son-in-law of John's, remembers John's commitment to conserving the natural beauty of the California coast. In addition to his leadership at PRBO for nearly a decade, John served on the board of the Bolinas Lagoon Foundation.

His interest in fine arts also translated into service. John was a past chairman of the Museum Society, formerly the membership organization for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Asian Art Museum; a former and then an emeritus trustee of the Fine Arts Museums; and a former trustee of the San Francisco Hospital Foundation.

John attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he met his future wife Charlotte Johnson of San Francisco. She was the daughter of Otis Russell Johnson, the president of the Fort Bragg-based Union Lumber Company. John and Charlotte, who passed away in 1997, are survived by their son, Forrest Jones, and two daughters, Lynn Jones Nicholas of New York City and Mimi Jones Makowsky of San Francisco.

PRBO is fortunate to have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with John, and he will be sorely missed. We are very grateful to John's family for designating PRBO as one of the organizations to receive contributions in his memory.