Jones, Clyde (Deceased)
Clyde was born on March 3, 1935, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was raised on a ranch in the sandhills of central Nebraska. He developed an early interest in wildlife in general and mammals in particular, while living and working on the family ranch. After graduating from Hastings College, Nebraska, in 1957, Clyde began serious studies of mammals as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, from which he received the MS and PhD degrees. During his tenure at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, he conducted field studies of primates, bats, and other mammals in Rio Muni, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, West Africa, as well as studies of mammals in the Southeast. In 1970, Clyde became chief of the mammal section of the Bird and Mammal Laboratories of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service housed in the U.S. National Museum of Natural History. He served as the director of the National Fish and Wildlife Laboratory and director of the Denver Wildlife Research Center. In 1982, he returned to academic appointments at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, where he served as professor of biological sciences and curator of mammals. He now is serving as a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Emeritus. His current research is directed at the mammals of the Chihuahuan Desert of the Southwest and northern Mexico. Clyde received several awards including Outstanding Performance Spectra Achievement, Quality Performance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, as well as the Antarctic Medal from the U.S. Department of State. Clyde was recognized with an Outstanding Researcher Award by Texas Tech University. He was a charter member of the senior executive service and a fellow of the Texas Academy of Science. Clyde is an honorary member of the Texas Society of Mammalogists, and has received the Hartley H. T. Jackson Award from the American Society of Mammalogists. Clyde has guided the studies of more than 20 graduate students. He has presented 20 technical papers and posters at professional meetings. He has published more than 190 scientific papers, including five books, on various aspects of the biology of mammals, amphibians, and reptiles . Clyde was elected to membership in the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 1971, and was a consistent participant in the outings of the Club on the Island. At his departure from Washington, D.C., he was honored with a special gathering of friends on the Island. He continues as a non-resident member of the Washington Biologists’ Field Club. Dr. Clyde Jones passed away after a lengthy illness on April 6, 2015. Dr. Jones was born in Scottsbluff, NE, on March 3, 1935. He graduated from Burwell High School and went on to attend Hastings College, where he received a B.S. in Science and Education in 1957. Dr. Jones went on to earn an M. and Phd from The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and his research took him to all seven continents, and included work with Louis Leakey, Jane Goodall, and Dian Fossey. Dr. Jones was a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at Texas Tech University. Other honors he received while at Texas Tech University include; recognition by the Texas Society of Mammalogists, Honorary Membership in the American Society of Mammalogists, The Hartley H. T. Jackson Award. Dr. Jones was preceded in death by his mother, Leona, father, John and brother, Carlyle. Clyde is survived by his spouse, Mary Ann Jones; son, Craig (Elizabeth) Jones; daughter, Cheri Ann (David Shrader) Jones; granddaughters, Kinzea G., Clara J. and Emeline H. Jones; son, Rob (Melissa) Abbey; grandsons, Christian and Evan.