Thomas Carbery Jones, civil engineer

December 27, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Thomas Carbery Jones, a retired civil engineer and history buff, died of stroke complications Dec. 20 at the Gilchrist Hospice Center. The Roland Park Place resident was 88.

Born in Baltimore and raised on The Terraces in Mount Washington, he attended the Cathedral School and was a 1937 Calvert Hall College High School graduate.

Mr. Jones earned an engineering degree at the Johns Hopkins University.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was a bombardier on numerous missions over Italy. He later attended reunions of his squadron and maintained an interest in flying as a recreational pilot based in Essex .

Mr. Jones worked for many years for the Raymond Concrete Pile Co. and handled assignments in Guatemala, where he oversaw construction of a new port for the government, and also had postings in the Middle East.

Family members said that Mr. Jones, a descendant of Chief Justice John Marshall, had interests in history and genealogy. He made many visits to Virginia to research his Marshall family history. He was also interested in the Civil War.

"On one visit, he and I knocked on the door of Woodside in Fauquier County, Va.," said a nephew, William P. Jones of Woodbrook. "We introduced ourselves as descendants of Thomas Marshall Jones [his grandfather], who had been born in that very house. The current owner welcomed us with refreshments and a tour. He showed us markers on a door jamb demonstrating how much each child had grown yearly."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Smith and Greely avenues in Mount Washington, where he was a parishioner.

Survivors include two sisters, Jeanette J. Wiedmann of Mount Washington and Anne J. Klinefelter of Chestertown; and nieces and nephews.

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