Commander George Clay Jones
died suddenly in San Juan, Puerto Rico,
on August 15, 1940. Born in Brooks, Oregon, June 20, 1890, he
attended the schools of that city and Portland and received
the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Oregon
State College in 1913.
At the time of his death he was in charge of the San Juan magnetic
and seismological observatory, where he was the sole representative
of the Bureau in Puerto Rico.
His previous assignments were very varied, almost entirely on
hydrographic work. They included, among many others, wire-drag
work in Alaska and the Pacific coast of the United States, a
reconnaissance survey in the Aleutian Islands in 1924, and Commanding
Officer of the Ships HYDROGRAPHER (old), EXPLORER (old), ROMBLON,
and DISCOVERER. In all these assignments he maintained an excellent
record. His personal qualities were such as to earn the esteem
and friendship of his associates.
He was a member of the Philosophical Society, Society of American
Military Engineers, Sigma Tau, Kappa Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, a
Master Mason, associated with the Order of the Eastern Star,
Woodmen of the World, Engineers Club, and the Washington Athletic
C&GS BULLETIN, 8/31/1940