Titles by: Howard W. Jones, Jr. and Georgeanna Seegar Jones
Howard W. Jones Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on 30 December 1910, a son of a busy practitioner of internal medicine. He graduated from Amherst College in 1931 and received an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins in 1935. His postgraduate training was in gynecology and general surgery, taking a chief residency in general surgery in 1940. During World War II, he was Chief of Team 3 of the 5th Auxiliary Surgical Group. The 5th Auxiliary Surgical Group was part of Third Army (General Patton) but and later of Ninth Army (General Simpson) during the liberation of France, Holland, and Germany.Georgeanna Seegar Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 6 July 1912. She graduated from Goucher College in 1932 and received an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins in 1936.Upon completion of his residency in 1940, Dr. Jones married Georgeanna Seegar, a gynecologist who had had special training at the National Institutes of Health in the then-new Laboratory Technology of Endocrinology. At age 27, she accepted an appointment in the Department of Gynecology at Johns Hopkins to establish and direct a Division of Reproductive Endocrinology. This was the first-ever such division in a U.S. academic institution. It proved to be the pioneering effort in what has become an integral part of every U.S. medical school and is commonly called a Division of Reproductive Medicine.Upon returning from World War II, Howard Jones was invited by Richard TeLinde, then Professor and Chairman of the Department of Gynecology at Johns Hopkins, to take a second residency—this time in gynecology. Thus, Howard Jones was enabled to pursue his longtime interest in the surgical aspects of reproductive medicine while Georgeanna was able to pursue her endocrinological interests in the same field.From their first contact with Johns Hopkins as medical students through their mandatory retirement in 1978—a span of almost 50 years—the Joneses wrote over 400 peer-reviewed papers, either individually or as joint authors. They were co-authors of the Novak Textbook of Gynecology, which went through several editions and at one time outsold all other such textbooks combined. Novak was widely used abroad, particularly in the Orient and Middle East. The Joneses also published a biography of their mentor, Richard TeLinde, and four other books on specialized areas in their field. Beginning in 1937, for over 30 years, they were editors-in-chief of the gynecological section of the Obstetrical and Gynecology Survey, a monthly medical periodical with a wide circulation. They selected and wrote editorial comments on about 20 articles each month and, thereby, had great influence on the practice of gynecology in the United States.Upon mandatory retirement from Johns Hopkins in 1978, the Joneses were invited by Mason C. Andrews, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a new medical school in Norfolk Virginia, to join that emerging institution to establish a Division of Reproductive Medicine. In 1981, within three years of arriving in Norfolk, they developed a technique for human in vitro fertilization, affecting the first birth in the New World employing this new reproductive technology. The birth of Elizabeth Carr led the Joneses to write 150 papers and edit two books dealing with various aspects of in vitro fertilization.The Joneses responded to many international invitations to speak at medical congresses or to be visiting professors at international postgraduate courses. Such activities took them to more than 40 countries on the five major continents. These journeys gave the Joneses the opportunity to indulge for a few days before or after these meetings their interest in classical archeology. They visited archeological sites in mainland Greece and the Greek Islands, Turkey, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran.Between them, they received numerous awards, including nine honorary degrees and five named visiting professorships, including a Fulbright Professorship to Australia. They were awarded honorary memberships in more than a score of foreign medical societies, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ad eundem). They were inducted into the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Society of Scholars, received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Bertarelli Foundation Award in Reproductive Health.Individually, they received numerous other awards.The Joneses have had a very happy private life. Their first two children, Howard III and Georgeanna, were born prior to World War II, and their third, Lawrence, just after. Howard III is now Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chief of the Division of Gynecological Oncology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Georgeanna is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Diabetes Services at the Barbara Davis Center of the University of Colorado in Denver. Lawrence is principal of a money-management firm in Denver. There are seven grandchildren. The Joneses now divide their time between a condominium in Denver and condominiums in Norfolk and Baltimore on the East Coast.