West Lafayette, IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1982
Many people will tell you that Hobart Jones, West Lafayette, Indiana, is one of the best hog judges in the country. Others will tell you of his expertise in the field of swine management. Those former students of his in Purdue swine production classes will tell you that he is one of the great classroom teachers.
All those things are certainly true. However, I would propose to you that none of those virtues are his highest priority. "Hobe" Jones, by his every act, reinforces his basic belief in the importance of the individual human being. We are not the first group to notice that good quality as it applies to his professional life. He has received the Hovde Award for Service to the Rural People in Indiana, the American Society of Animal Science Award for Excellence in Research, the Purdue School of Agriculture Best Teaching Award, the American Pork Congress Meritorious Service Award, is in the Indiana Livestock Breeders Hall of Fame, the Indiana Pork Producers Meritorious Service Award, Indiana FFA Honorary State Farmer Award, and the Purdue School of Agriculture Best Counselor Award.
Jones graduated from Purdue in 1943, and later was awarded advanced degrees from Ohio State and from the University of Kentucky.
Hobe Jones raised his family in the country. That should say something about his love and respect for the land.
He is active in his community. He was one of the founders of Covenant Presbyterian Church in West Lafayette, and has served in many administrative capacities there as well as in the Otter-bein Methodist Church. He has worked for the United Way, has worked loyally for his Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, and he and his wife Lois have contributed many hours to Church youth work, music boosters, township and county 4-H Clubs, and other volunteer efforts.
Prof. Jones is a recognized national authority in hog circles. He did much of the early research work on swine confinement, and is noted throughout the country as a leader in swine production practices.
Most importantly of all, perhaps, is the simple fact that Hobe Jones is dedicated to human beings and their individual improvement. He is a teacher of the highest caliber, and a trusted counselor of young people. He makes it better for lots of hogs to be sure, but it is much more significant that he makes it better for hundreds of human lives as well.
Thank you, Hobe Jones.