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Former sports teacher Arnold Jones

mercredi, 31 août 2016   (4 Comments)
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Arnold JonesMr Arnold Jones, who taught Sport and Mathematics at LGB in the 1960s, died on 21 May 2016 after a short illness. The news reached the Alumni Office via John Buffle (LGB '62), who had been in touch with Arnold's wife Betty.

His period at Ecolint is outlined in the famous "Red Book" (officially titled Ecole Internationale de Genève – Son premier demi-siècle), published in 1974 to mark the school's 50th anniversary. Within a section contributed by Mme Elisabeth Briquet, on page 230, the following passage appears:

Mr Arnold Jones

From his arrival in 1962 until his departure to take up an Assistant Headship in Sweden, in 1968, Mr Jones was a pillar of the Sports Department and of the School Boarding House (both under the direction of Mr Jack Garstang). He also taught mathematics. When Mr Shade ceased to be responsible for the Junior Secondary Division, to take up higher responsibilities, Mr Jones also undertook the care of the Junior Secondary Division.

A stern, religious but kindly and understanding man, one whose face when it relaxed into laughter was transformed, he carried out all his duties with the absolute honesty and devotion to the work in hand characteristic of him. We remember him as a man of absolute integrity. the School could ill afford to spare him. He left us to take up an Assistant Headmastership at the International School of Scokholm, Sweden.

A later passage in the book describes him as having been Mr Garstang's "first pillar in the Physical Education Department", a role in which he was succeeded by Don Jennings.

Our sympathies go to his wife Betty.

(The photo above is taken from the LGB Yearbook 1967.)


Community Administrator says...
Posted lundi, 5 septembre 2016
Thank you for the comments below. We will try to ensure they rich Arnold's wife Betty.
Molly Lewis (Hirons) says...
Posted jeudi, 1 septembre 2016
I didn't do sports, but I knew Mr. Jones, as he was at Ecolint during the years I was a student- '64-'66. I am so sorry to learn of his passing. My sympathies to his wife, Betty, and the rest of his loved ones. May you rest in peace, Mr.,Jones.
Peter J. Nicholson says...
Posted jeudi, 1 septembre 2016
Mr Jones and Mr Garstang were the two men that had the greatest influence on me during my stay at Ecolint. The typical "good cop, bad cop" duo, both with hearts of gold. And both who pushed me to learn how to always try my best. Very sad news. RIP Mr Jones.
Robert L. Spaeth Jr says...
Posted jeudi, 1 septembre 2016
Mr Jones was strict but also cared a lot about the interns under his watch. I respected him very much, even though I found myself taking showers in the vestiaire for returning 10 minutes late to the internat one evening. He will be missed along with his former boss, Jack Garstang. My sympathies to his wife Betty and his family. Sincerely, Rob Spaeth, Ecolint 1968.

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