Raymond Jones

Age 65 : A former oil company executive, he served on the business faculty at Loyola College.

June 25, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,Sun Reporter

Raymond M. Jones, professor of management and international business at the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola College and a former oil company executive, died Saturday of cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care. He was 65.

Dr. Jones was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he graduated from St. Joseph's Preparatory School in 1960.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in 1964, he served in the Army for five years, attaining the rank of captain.

When he arrived in Vietnam in 1967, he was sent to take over as commander of a combat unit whose men were disgruntled and dispirited, his family said.

"He managed to turn them around and was awarded an Army Commendation Medal," said a daughter, Andrea M. Jones of Baltimore.

Dr. Jones, who was discharged in 1969, also won the Bronze Star.

In 1971, he earned a master's degree from Harvard Business School and earned his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973.

He moved to Los Angeles, where he was a legal assistant to Armand Hammer, chairman of Occidental Petroleum, from 1973 to 1975.

From 1975 to 1977, Dr. Jones was president of Oxy Metals International, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Jones held executive positions with several other Occidental Petroleum-owned companies. He was vice president of Hooker Chemical Corp. in Houston from 1977 to 1978 and was president of Occidental Resource Recovery Corp. in Irvine, Calif., from 1978 to 1981.

"I was Ray's executive vice president when he was in Geneva. He was an exceptional leader and teacher who loved life, his family and career," said Jim Christie, who now lives in Cincinnati.

"He had a brilliant mind and inspired his team to deliver the very best they could through his enthusiastic approach to life. He really was a larger-than-life guy," he said.

Mr. Christie said he relished conducting executive management meetings and dealing with the Swiss press, which sometimes referred to his company as being run by "Texas cowboys."

"And at the end of the day, he loved to celebrate with a glass of vintage Armagnac in a five-star establishment. He worked hard and played hard," Mr. Christie said. "Ray was a sensitive, funny and caring person who always looked on the positive side of life."

After leaving Occidental, Dr. Jones operated a private consulting firm, whose clients included oil companies and NASA, from 1981 to 1986.

Dr. Jones' initial foray into academia began in 1972, when he was an instructor in business at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

He was an adjunct associate professor of business at California State University in Long Beach, before coming to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was lecturer in business from 1986 to 1990.

In 1990, Dr. Jones joined the faculty of Loyola College, where he was associate professor of business. He taught undergraduate and graduate students.

He earned his doctorate in management and strategy from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1993.

"Ray was a man of many degrees and many careers who found a home at Loyola. He was very happy here because he was Jesuit-educated and the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola never left him," said Roger J. Kashlak, chairman of the management and international business department at the North Baltimore college.

"He may have taught international business, but he also taught his students how to live life, and they loved him," Dr. Kashlak said. "He also taught the importance of serving others and giving back."

Dr. Jones, who lived in the Kernewood neighborhood of North Baltimore, established an international field studies program and escorted his students on tours to Europe and South America.

Dr. Jones was popular with students. His office door was always open, and he often lunched with his students, colleagues said.

"He loved talking to them, and it may not have been about his class. It could be anything. He just enjoyed trying to help them," Dr. Kashlak said.

Audra M. Jones, another daughter, who lives in Newport Beach, Calif., said her father remained popular with his former students.

"They were always calling and telling him what an impact he made on their lives," she said.

Dr. Jones met his wife, the former Barbara "Bobbie" Donaghue, at a high school mixer in Philadelphia. They were married in 1965.0

"He taught this year until classes ended in May," his wife said.

Dr. Jones who wrote widely on management and business issues, was the author of Strategic Management in a Hostile Environment: The Case of the Cigarette Industry, which was published in 1997.

Dr. Jones also served pro bono as a consultant to the International Organization for Migration, the American Red Cross and the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon today at the chapel of Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St.

Also surviving are his father, Raymond M. Jones of Roland Park; a brother, Gerard Jones of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and a sister, Elizabeth Clark of Greenwich, Conn.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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