Edmond Douglas Jones, 70, social work administrator

February 25, 2003

Edmond Douglas Jones, a former government social work administrator in the city and Baltimore County, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of complications from renal disease. He was 70 and a resident of Emerald Estates assisted-living facility.

A Chicago native, Mr. Jones earned a degree in humanities from Loyola University in Illinois in 1954 and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University in 1960.

He was chief of special services for the Delaware Department of Social Services before moving to Maryland in 1966. In Baltimore's social services department, he was bureau chief of public assistance services and then assistant director of family and children services until 1974, his family said.

He held social services positions in Richmond, Va., and Bedford Hills, N.Y., and was deputy executive director of the New York Urban League before returning to Maryland in 1984 and working as a management assistant for Baltimore County's Department of Community Development. He retired in 1995.

Mr. Jones founded the national organization Black Administrators in Social Work.

His hobbies included listening to jazz and opera, cooking and studying black history. He chronicled his life with photographs, articles, letters and documents organized in binders.

His marriage to the former Freddie Stroud ended in divorce. His second wife, the former Dorothy Dunston, died in 1985.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at Heritage United Church of Christ, 3106 Liberty Heights Ave.

Mr. Jones is survived by a stepson, Thomas Dunston of Lochearn; a stepdaughter, Carol Dunston Reckling of Catonsville; and two stepgrandchildren.

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