We join our colleagues across the university in grieving the passing of Floyd Jones, whose contributions--together with his late wife Delores Jones and, later, his longtime partner Alene Morris--to the UW School of Drama have helped to shape our school and our students. Floyd's generosity--his "sweetness"--is permanently imbued in our school, as is our everlasting gratitude.
School of Drama Executive Director Todd London says, "To me there’s no higher praise than that he was a good human being, someone who had endured extraordinary deprivation as a child and devoted his life to giving back in recognition of all the kindness and opportunity that had been offered him. I’ve never known anyone happier to be generous, more grateful to be able to give, whether to the ACLU to fight for justice for incarcerated black men or for a center on campus devoted to fostering women leaders. It was always so moving to see his tears well up when he spoke of people who had helped him and when he spoke of people he was able to help. The University, CAS and the School are principal beneficiaries of his kindness, and I love that our jewel box theatre will always carry his name."
Click here to read more about the life and legacy of Floyd Jones.
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Floyd's partner, Alene, and his entire family. Our production of Trojan Women: A Love Story, which runs January 19 - 28 in Floyd's namesake playhouse, will be dedicated to his memory.