Henry T. Jones, former co-supervisor of art education for Baltimore County Public Schools who later became director of practicum for art educators at the Maryland Institute College of Art, died of complications from myasthenia gravis on May 26 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The Loch Raven resident was 82.
“Henry was one of the greatest guys you’d ever want to meet. He was a wonderful mentor to our student art educators, ”said Fred Lazarus IV, who was MICA’s president from 1978 to 2014.“ And when it came to practicum, which is the placing of students in school systems, he was just fantastic. ”
Karen Lee Carroll, who was dean of MICA’s Center for Art Education from 1987 to 2018, hired Mr. Jones.
“Henry was a steady caring person who was detail-oriented. He was just fabulous and beloved by everyone, ”said Dr. Carroll, who was so impressed with his work during his tenure with Baltimore County Public Schools that she hired Mr. Jones. “I wanted him to be our coordinator for placing our art educators into schools in the surrounding counties. He managed and planned all of this. ”
Henry Tipton Jones, son of Ralph L. Jones, a Patapsco & Back Rivers Railroad brakeman, and Julia Alice Sellers Jones, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in Sparrows Point before moving with his family to Dundalk.
After graduating from Dundalk Senior High School in 1958, Mr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in 1963 in painting and art education and a master’s degree in 1969 in art education, both from MICA.
He earned a certificate in education from what is now Towson University, and obtained a master’s degree in curriculum development in 1970 from the Ohio State University.
From 1971 to 1981, Mr. Jones was an art teacher at Ridgely Junior High School, before going to school headquarters at Greenwood where he was co-supervisor of the art education department for Baltimore County Public Schools. There, he was responsible for the formulation of art curricula and cross-discipline curricula, and integrating art education into other study areas.
In 1994, Mr. Jones joined the MICA staff as coordinator of practicum for the Master of Arts in teaching program.
“Joyfully, MICA recruited Henry whose professorship included supervising and mentoring student teachers,” Dr. Carroll wrote in an email. “In the role of coordinator, he developed a broad network of partnerships with schools in the Greater Baltimore area.”
Said Mr. Lazarus: “Henry had been an active MICA alum and when we built and expanded the practicum, he was our first hire. He was just a terrific member of the MICA community. ”
Mr. Jones was also director of MICA’s Young People’s Studios, where he “developed high quality classes year-round for children and youth,” Dr. Carroll wrote.
Mr. Jones also worked at the state and national level establishing standard curricula and a graduation examination.
He was an active member of the Maryland Art Education Association, “serving as a board member, conference presenter, and writer for their annual journal and served on many committees for the Maryland State Department of Education,” Dr. Carroll wrote.
In 1995, the National Art Education Association named Mr. Jones its Eastern Region Art Educator of the Year, and student recommendations culminated in a MICA Trustees Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching in 2005.
During his MICA days, his work often took him abroad to France, where Mr. Jones, an accomplished painter in his own right, produced more than 50 oil paintings of the French countryside and seacoast, family members said.
“As an artist, Henry resumed his love of painting in retirement, sharpening his skills with MICA’s professor of painting, Mark Karnes, going on to exhibit in a professional gallery shows alongside his uncle, painter David Jones,” Dr. Carroll wrote.
“He was a wonderful painter and it was a great love of his,” Mr. Lazarus said.
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“Henry was a most respected member of the MICA faculty and the whole art education community. He was a master teacher whose attention to the craft of teaching, patience for detail, sensitivity to relationships, and great wisdom contributed much to the MICA MAT program, ”Dr. Carroll wrote.
She added: “He played a special role mentoring new faculty and giving the program a sense of continuity. In every way, he extended himself to his colleagues and students with great humility and deep regard. ”
Mr. Jones had lived on Wilson Point Road in Middle River before he and his family moved to Loch Raven in 1971.
Mr. Jones and his wife, the former Elizabeth Catherine Donelan, who were high school sweethearts and married in 1959, enjoyed traveling and liked visiting California, especially Carmel-by-the-Sea and Yosemite National Park, and spending time at a second home in Pensacola , Florida, said his son, Edward AD “Ted” Jones, of Lutherville.
As a fan of classic Hollywood films and a connoisseur of vintage radio dramas of the 1930s and 1940s, Mr. Jones had taken several Turner Classic Movies cruises. He also enjoyed watching British crime series on Public Broadcasting.
Plans for a celebration-of-life-gathering are incomplete.
In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Jones is survived by a daughter, Laura Elizabeth Jones of Loch Raven; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.