It is with great sadness that I announce the sudden passing of Archon Clyde Jones at 90 years old on April 13, 2020 at his home in San Diego. Archon Jones was initiated into Alpha Pi member boule on December 5, 1975.
He was born on Barbados, September 29, 1929. In 1947, after finishing high school, he left his Caribbean home to go to NYC. There he attended CCNY graduating in 1954. Subsequently, he entered Howard University Medical School graduating in 1958. In 1959, after a one-year internship at LA County USC Medical Center, he joined the U.S. Navy (USN).
The USN had him stationed at Camp Pendleton alternating with tours of duty on Okinawa. In 1963, he married his Archousa Norma Smith.
In 1979, despite attempts by the Surgeon General of the US Navy and other flag officers to get him to remain on active duty and advance in rank, Captain Jones retired from the USN.
His medical career then brought him to the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He came on board as the Chief of the Department of Anesthesiology here in San Diego. As expected he excelled as a clinician, leader, innovator, role model, friend, counsel, and wit. He was the “preferred” anesthesiologist for all kinds of surgeries. Laughingly, he liked to mention that over the years at KP in San Diego, he’d anesthetized almost all of the doctors, administrators, and/or their families. He retired from SCPMG as a full-time anesthesiologist in 1994 but continued to work per diem until 1999.
Clyde loved his family and his friends. He and Norma were very active in the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. In honor of their respective work as volunteers, Archon and Archousa Jones are both recipients of the Bishop’s Cross. Over the years, Dr. Jones went on eighty-three medical missions, under the auspices of organizations such as Operation Smile and the UCSD Department of Plastic Surgery. This work took him to such places as Vietnam, Mexico, the Philippines, and parts of Africa.
Archon Jones is survived by his Archousa Norma, their three sons, one granddaughter, and two “adopted grandsons.”
His inurnment at Miramar will take place when public health concerns allow it.
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