By Glory Weisberg
Cable and online university pioneer Glenn Jones, 85, died July 7, leaving a legacy of achievements, including Jones International University in Centennial. This was a campus-free effort to enable more people to get a college degree. The building and satellite dishes are visible from I-25. It was the first fully online university to win accreditation.
Jones was an attorney and considered a cable pioneer, and part of a local effort that included such icons as the late Bill Daniels. Because of this close knit group, Denver is often called the birthplace of cable television.
Jones and partner Dianne Eddolls were seen frequently at nonprofit funding events for decades. Jones was honored with The Mizel Institute’s Community Enrichment Award in 2012.
At that time Jones was quoted as saying, “Life for me has been an adventure. Civilization floats on education, making education more equal.”
Just last month Jones was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress “for his significant contributions and sustained efforts in building a stronger country. Jones joins the ranks of other American greats including Madeleine Albright, Ray Charles, Walter Cronkite and more.” The award was presented by Dr. James Billington, Librarian of Congress, honoring Jones “for his decades of service to the advancement of education and helping to widely expand access to the treasures of the Library of Congress globally.” Billington added, “[Jones] was active in the creation of the National Digital Library, as well as the World Digital Library which was launched in 2009 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
“Jones [was] one of the founding members of the James Madison National Council – a select, private advisory body to the Library of Congress, and he [was] chair of its Education Committee.”
Mr. Jones said at that time that he “is deeply honored to be recognized as a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. It has been my life’s passion to make education accessible to more people, and I am humbled to join the list of Living Legends who have contributed to our American way of life.”
More information is available at www.jonesncti.com.
Michael James, Volunteers of America Denver director of development, noted that loved ones planned a private family service and that a Celebration of Glenn’s Life is being planned for a later date.
Information used in writing this article also came from the Denver Business Journal and Pete Casillas, publisher.
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