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Dr. Jones - Poli Sci

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edited December 2015 in Miami Memos

I know there are many lawyers and such on the board - FYI

December 7, 2015

Good Afternoon,

In response to the many requests for additional information following the loss of Dr. Gus Jones, we share the following from his colleagues in the Department of Political Science:

It is with heavy hearts that we recognize the passing of our friend and colleague Professor Augustus J. “Gus” Jones, Jr., who left us too early on Thursday. This is an incredibly sad day for all of us. Dr. Jones was a very special person, friend, and colleague: unfailingly upbeat and supportive, a great teacher, a thoughtful scholar, and the Dean of Miami’s Pre-Law advisers. It’s hard to describe the significance of this loss for the Department and the Miami family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Gus’s family. It’s hard to imagine Harrison Hall without Gus Jones. We will plan a more formal event to honor Professor Jones in the winter/spring, but before everyone disperses we thought it would be nice to have a chance for Dr. Jones’s students and friends to be able to be together to remember and honor him. 
Please feel free to come by Harrison Hall room 012 on Tuesday, December 7, 2015 between 12:45-2:45 PM. 

Gus Jones received his BA in 1974 Magna Cum Laude from Clark University in Atlanta, and took his Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis in 1980. After starting his career at the University of Florida, he joined the Miami faculty in 1987 and made Oxford and the Political Science Department his home. He authored Law Bureaucracy, and Politics: The Implementation Of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (University Press of America, 1982), and Affirmative Talk, Affirmative Action: A Comparative Study of the Politics Of Affirmative Action (Praeger, 1991), and many other articles and book reviews. His research and teaching on American Civil Liberties and Constitutional Law had a profound impact on thousands of students at Miami University and beyond, and on scholars and colleagues around the country.  His scholarly focus on the political role of the Courts in the American political system, and his personal dedication to civil rights and the path toward liberty and justice for all, will continue to challenge us all.

Dr. Jones was an extremely popular and rigorous teacher; he selected Outstanding Educator by the Miami University Alumni Association in 1999 and was named the Distinguished Educator by the College of Arts and Science in 2002. He was regularly nominated for teaching awards by Miami’s students, by student government, and by Miami alumni. He served Miami’s students as a pre-law adviser for nearly 30 years, and served the department and university in innumerable ways during his time at Miami.


  • Dr. Jones was one of my favorite professors at Miami, and his Constitutional Law seminars were hands down my favorite classes. I was not involved in the pre-law program and hadn't seriously considered law school. Gus Jones changed that. He was an inspiring and thought-provoking professor, not to mention a great adviser and friend.
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