It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr Eric Jones, who worked at the University for many years with great distinction, passed away last month whilst on holiday in Gran Canaria.
Colleagues who remember Eric may wish to know that his funeral will take place at 11.00am on Friday MARCH 10th, at St. Mary’s church Guarlford.
Those who remember Eric do so with great fondness. As head of the English department at the then Worcester College of Higher Education, Eric’s colleagues speak of a man who offered support and reassurance to his staff and students alike. A kind, well-respected and good-humoured man, Eric led the department with a calm and scrupulously fair-minded approach.
An expert in American literature, under Eric’s guidance, the English department developed a range of excellent and innovative courses, as well as a flourishing research programme that began to draw national attention for work in areas like children’s literature, theatre history, and Victorian literary culture.
In 1995, Eric moved from the English department to take up the post of Head of International.
Subsequent to his retirement Eric took an active role in the local community, giving his time to the English Speaking Union, the Malvern Concert Club, and the Civic Society, as well as a major National Trust project at Croome, where he eventually took up the position of chair of the Friends of Croome.
A meticulous manager and courteous colleague, those who worked with Eric and shared his friendship also have happy memories of the warm welcome provided by him and his late wife Siti at their home in Guarlford. A devoted couple, Eric and Siti’s deep love and affection enhanced the lives of everyone who knew them. The death of Siti in January 2016 was a severe blow from which Eric struggled to recover.
Dr Eric Jones made a sterling and long-lasting contribution to the academic development of the college as it moved towards university status, and he will long be remembered and valued by friends, former students, and colleagues alike as a just and compassionate man, who worked tirelessly to strengthen the University’s standing, both nationally and internationally.
(Information provided by Roger Ebbatson and Roger Alma)