John Jones: 1930-2024

We are sorry to announce that John Jones has passed away. The following obituary was provided by John’s family.

John Philip Jones, 93, of Syracuse, died on Saturday, March 23. John was born on July 3, 1930, in Wales and was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was Professor Emeritus at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

John was married to Wendy Hoblyn Jones in 1958 and they had two children, Henrietta and Philip. Before moving into academia, he had a varied international career with advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and worked for them in London, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. After joining the Newhouse faculty in 1981, John continued his direct involvement in business through consulting work with major companies in forty countries. He was a renowned expert in measuring the behavioural effects of advertising and his publications include more than fifteen books, which have been translated into ten languages, and many articles for professional publications, including the Harvard Business Review. After his retirement from Syracuse University, he also wrote four books on military history and one on John Maynard Keynes.

In England John was a member of the Honorable Artillery Company, the oldest British Territorial Army regiment, and in 1976 he became a Freeman of the City of London. After moving to Syracuse John became an active member of St. Paul’s Syracuse, serving as a Vestry member and Senior Warden, the Syracuse branch of the English Speaking Union, and the Chevalier du Taste de Vin. He and his wife became American citizens in 1992 and had dual nationality.

John was predeceased by his son, Philip, his grandson, Jake, and his brother, Robin. He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Wendy, his daughter, Henrietta (Martin Galombik), his daughter-in-law, Mary, his three grandchildren Zoe, Samantha, and Jack, and his sister, Lesley.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Syracuse, 220 E Fayette Street, on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. with a small reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory can be made to St. Paul’s Syracuse, 220 E Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or the American Battlefield Trust, PO Box 1751, Merrifield, VA 22116-1751.