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In Memoriam, E. Bruce Jones, BS Civil Engineering 55'


January 8, 2014 — E. Bruce Jones. Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, age 79, passed away May 19, 2013 in Cody, Wyoming.  Bruce grew up in Wyoming graduating as valedictorian of Cody High School (1951) and received his B.S. in Civil Engineering with honors from the University of Wyoming (1955).  After serving two years in an engineering group in the U.S. Army, he continued his education with an M.S. in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University (1959) and a Ph.D. in Watershed Management from Colorado State University (1964).   

            The first job Dr. Jones had after he received his Master’s degree was Chief of Water Development for the Wyoming Natural Resources Board.  Later Dr. Jones was on the faculty of Pennsylvania State University where he was Director of the Water Resources Research Center.  For years he was president of Resource Consultants, Inc. in Fort Collins, Colorado and ended his career as a Senior Engineer with Jacobs Engineering Group in Denver.  Much of his work in Colorado involved environmental clean-up at various sites throughout the country including Rocky Flats and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in the Denver area.  He also dealt with water rights and was an expert witness in Water Court in Colorado and before the Board of Control in Wyoming.  As a consultant to EG&G, Inc. (Las Vegas), Dr. Jones provided engineering and hydrologic services to them in support of their airborne remote sensing data programs and reviewed data from numerous DOE sites throughout the country.  He was involved in the response to the Three Mile Island incident.  Also in connection with his work for EG&G, Dr. Jones assisted in the development of the airborne passive gamma snow measurement system sponsored by the National Weather Service and now used by their Flood Forecast Center.  The ‘ground truth’ aspect of remote sensing was performed at numerous sites for NASA.   

            Dr. Jones’ work often involved research and, when possible (much was classified), his papers were published in technical journals.  He spent several years as an advisor to the Geology Department at Colorado State University and served on graduate committees at Colorado State University, University of Wyoming and University of Colorado.        

            Throughout his career Dr. Jones was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow), Wyoming Engineering Society (received Honorary Membership), American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and Consulting Engineers Council of Colorado.

            Dr. Jones was a member of numerous honorary societies including Sigma Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi and Who’s Who in America.  His community involvement included Rotary International, Cody Chamber of Commerce, Yellowstone Regional Airport Board (Chairman), Habitat for Humanity, and the Presbyterian Church.  His family included his wife, Margie Raben Jones and daughters Libby Jones and Janet (Michael) White.

 

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