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Dr. J. Paul Jones, Carolyn M. Jones and Virginia L. Jones Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
“We were each other’s families,” says Maude Bivins of the relationship she shared with her college roommate and lifelong friend, Virginia “Jinny” Jones. Remembering how Jinny, who died in 2008, always wanted to honor her mother – her father had received many honors during a long, distinguished career – Maude established this fund to honor all three members of the Jones family.

Dr. J. Paul Jones earned degrees from the University of North Carolina and Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. During an internship, he met Carolyn Miller, a graduate nurse of the Protestant Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia. The couple married and, in 1917, came to Rhode Island when Paul’s brother-in-law asked him to work in his medical practice.

Rhode Island soon became their home: Dr. Jones helped found South County Cottage Hospital and Carolyn worked as its first administrator. The Cottage Hospital remained in operation for six years, until South County Hospital opened at its current Kenyon Avenue location. Dr. Jones served as chief of staff and chief of surgery for many years; he continued practicing medicine until he was 83 years old. Carolyn resumed her nursing career once the new hospital was constructed.

The Jones celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1965; Carolyn died the following year and Dr. Jones died in 1980.

Their only child, Jinny, earned degrees in textiles and design at the University of Rhode Island and the University of Tennessee, the latter where she met Maude Bivins. Jinny taught at both the University of New Hampshire and URI before moving to her father’s native North Carolina, where she established an art supply and designer crafts shop. Later, she founded and was executive director of the Arts Council of Macon County. Following their retirements, Jinny and Maude summered in South County. “Jinny always felt there was no place as wonderful to be as Rhode Island,” Maude shares.

The Jones Fund will support South County Hospital and the URI School of Nursing, with an emphasis on nursing education, thus fulfilling Jinny’s desire to honor her mother.
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