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Woodbury, Connecticut

Marjorie M. and Robert F. Jones Scholarship

Established March 30, 2003

By Professor Richard Jones and Kenneth Jones

Robert Franklin Jones, a veteran of Woodbury town politics and a two-term member of the State House of Representatives in the 1960s lived in Woodbury for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the Republican Town Committee, a past president of the Woodbury Parent Teacher Association, a member of the high school and library building committees, a committee chairman with Boy Scout Troop 54, and a member of the Lions Club.

From 1962 – 66, he represented Woodbury in the House. Those were the days of unit representation, when towns sent either one or two representatives to the House. That system changed in the 1967 session, which convened with 177 House districts apportioned by population.

Mr. Jones also was a member of North Congregational Church and served on the board of deacons as well as the Stewardship Committee.

He was born August 21, 1912 in Ludlow, Massachusetts, and was a Mayflower descendant. He graduated from Brown University in 1934, and spent his career in the insurance industry, retiring in 1984 as executive vice president of W. J. Burton Insurance Agency in Woodbury and Pomperaug Valley Associates in Southbury.

Marjorie E. Jones was born February 5, 1914 in Naugatuck, daughter of the late William and Ann Clark (Moody). She attended Naugatuck schools, graduating high school in 1931, and in 1935 received a bachelor’s degree from Simmons College in Boston, Mass.

Mrs. Jones worked at the YMCA in New Haven, operated a nursery school in her home for many years, and after her youngest son was in high school, she want back to school to receive a teaching certificate. She taught home economics at Nonnewaug High School in Woodbury for 10 years.

A Woodbury resident for nearly 50 years, she was a member of the North Congregational Church and its woman’s fellowship, the Woodbury Women’s Club, Woodbury Jury Selection Committee, Woodbury Park and Recreation Committee, the Heritage Village Country Club, and Woodbury Club.

Mrs. Jones enjoyed making clothes and traveling with her husband to Europe, the British Isles and the homes of two foreign exchange students they hosted in Greece and Finland.

She was a member of a bridge club that formed in the 1930s and held bi-monthly games in several states and Canada until the 1980's.

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