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COD : Gordon F. Jones

1991 Certificate of Distinction Winner Gordon F. Jones

Gordon F. Jones


Chicago, IL


A native of Chicago, Jones earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees in education at Purdue, and joined the 4-H staff in 1949. He served as assistant county agent for youth in Marion County , and two years later joined the state 4-H staff at Purdue. He taught a recreation course in the Physical Education Department, and served as a guest lecturer at Indiana University, University of Illinois, University of Kentucky, and other universities. He retired in 1979 and was named professor emeritus of 4-H youth. Jones was cited for the “design and successful implementation of “The Dec en S’s of Recreation,” a widely known and respected teaching technique for his seminars. His career has been a model of innovative, creative, humorous and understanding spirit for Extension education.” He was also cited for inspiring thousands of 4-H youth to seek academic achievement. Hones is a member of several national recreation associations, including the American Camping Association, the National Cultural Arts Committee, and the Indiana Square Dance Callers Association. He received the 1971 Outstanding Service Award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, and Man of the Year Award from the Tippecanoe Kiwanis Club. He is a member of the Epsilon Sigma Phi, extension honorary, and the Purdue Retiree Organization. He is working on a retiree’s committee to compile a history of Indiana 4-H. Jones has played a key role in nearly every Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry, and has performed at many local ag alumni chapter meetings. He has provided education leadership for many state 4-H programs, including the Hoosier Recreation Workshop, Extension Homemakers Chorus, Indiana Farm Safety Council, American Institute of Cooperatives, Qibache 4-H Leadership Program, Purdue Collegiate 4-H Club, the 4-H Roundup and Share-the-Fun, and the State 4-H Junior Leader programs. Jones is a past chairman of the West Lafayette Park and Recreation Advisory Board, and a member of the Tippecanoe Historical Association.