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Death Of Prof. Elisha Jones

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Day
24
Month
August
Year
1888
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Public Domain
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Elisha Jones, associate professor in the University, died of consumption, Thursday, night, Au?. 16th, in Denver, Colorado, for whicli place he had lef t Ann Arbor only the Wednesday of the preceding week. Ten days previous io his departure he had planned to go to Italy, but was persuaded to abandon the trip and go west. He was 56 years of age and left awidowbutno cliiklren. His sister, Myra, is a teacher in the Detroit achools, and liis brother, Joseph 0. Jones, formerly a teacher itnthis state, is now in charge of the edueational de' partment of Harper Bros. The reinains were brought here last Monday morning, when the burial services were held. A biographical sketch ol the cleceased will be fouud in the following memorial whiïh was passed by the University senate at a meeting held Satui'day: After a prolonged and heroic struggle against disease and failjng strength, ent'ered into rest, at Denver, Col., Aug. 16, 1888, our associate and colleague, Prof. Elisha Joue3. The senate of the University of Michigan desire to express and place npon record their leep seuse of the loss sustained by the University, as well as their ora personal bereavement by this sad eveut. Prof. Jones graduated in the class of 1859, and enlered the service of the University as acting professor of Greek ín 1870. During this interval he had attained eminence as a teacher of the ancient classics of the Detroit hiijh school and while occupying the position of superintendent of schools at Ann Arbor. Subsequently he taught the classics in the Millitary Academy at Orchard Lake, and re-en tered the service of the University ia 1879 as assistant professor of La tin. In 1883 he was promoted to the associate professorship of L,atin, which position he held until his deceasp. Prof. Jones was a remarkably enthusiastic and skillful teacher, whose simple love oí truth, elear thinking, exact scholarship aiid íorcible expressien gaye him unusual power over the minds of his students. His hearty and 'rank manner and his personal interest n his pupils made him one of the most jeloved instructora in the University. Cheert'ul in the midst of trial, courageous in maintaining his convictions, iransparently sincere iu all his characer, faithful and kind in all his relations as a man and cilizen, his name is honored and his memory will be cherished wherever he was knovvn. Ilis conscien,ious discharge of duty and his devotion to his profession and to the interests of the University led him to saeriice his liealth in tbaclqsing years of his ife. His ambitiou forseholarly attamnents and for large influente as a eacher nerved and inspirad him to eiïoi ts and siudies beyoud his phvsical strength. He is widely and favorably known by the contributions he luis ' made to the literature of his profession, he tirst of which is his "(ireek Prose Composition," published in 1872. As ;he fruit of his studies in Latin he pubished iu 1S77 his "First Lessons in Latan." one of the most usef ui and popular text books for this sludy ever issued in this country. This was followed in 1879 by his -'Latin Prose Composition." A good man, a faithful friend, an admirable teacher, a devqted servant of the University, an associate who had greatly endeared himself to us all, we deeply 1 unent his departure from life in the maturity of his manhood and the full tide of usefulness, while we are comforted bv the thought that he had the Christian's hope of a blessed immortality beyond. We respectfully tender our profound sympathies to those who are especially bereaved in the loss of a devoted husband and brother and we commend them to all Divine consolation. "Multis Ule bonla flobilip oecidlt."