Paul J. Jones

[ Age 98 ] Served as chief of the Army Corps of Engineers' construction division

November 13, 2006

Paul J. Jones, former chief of the Army Corps of Engineers' construction division, died of respiratory failure Thursday at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Roland Park resident was 98.

Mr. Jones was born and raised in Hornell, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1930.

After graduation, he worked as surveyor until 1933, when he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Mr. Jones went to work in 1935 as a surveyor for the Corps of Engineers in Hornell. He held positions with the corps in Binghamton, N.Y., and Syracuse, N.Y., before being transferred to Baltimore in 1947.

Mr. Jones was responsible for construction of Army, Air Force and civil works facilities, including flood-control levees and dams.

Among the projects he managed was the construction of the old Veterans Administration Hospital in Northeast Baltimore.

His retirement in 1972 turned out to be short-lived. He was soon called back to duty to manage flood recovery efforts along the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pa., after Tropical Storm Agnes dumped up to 19 inches of rain in eastern Pennsylvania.

Mr. Jones was a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and the Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Association.

He enjoyed fly tying and fly fishing at Loch Raven Reservoir watershed. He also had been an Orioles and Center Stage season ticket holder for many years.

His wife of 27 years, the former Catherine Maglier, died in 1964.

He was a communicant of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Surviving are his wife of 27 years, the former Nell O. Stoll; two sons, Michael P. Jones of Springfield, Va., and Robert A. Jones of Lutherville; a daughter, Marilyn R. Jones of Broomall, Pa.; three stepsons, John Stoll of Parkton, Joseph Stoll of San Diego and George Stoll of Los Angeles; six stepdaughters, Jane Stone of Baltimore, Ellen Walsh of Fairport, N.Y., Lela Jenkins of Chesapeake, Va., Nancy Stoll of Los Angeles, Mary Spence of New York City and Betsy Phillips of Pasadena, Calif.; a sister, Irene Morris of Williamstown, N.Y.; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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