Gus Jones, director of the Success Reading Center at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina, died at his home in Troutman, North Carolina, on April 1. He was 73 years old.
A native of Burlington, New Jersey, Jones received a basketball scholarship to attend Livingstone College in 1964. There, he majored in English and history and was a two-year captain of the basketball team. After graduation, he returned to Burlington, New Jersey, to work in the public schools. He taught English and social studies for 38 years in New Jersey and also coached basketball.
Throughout his career, Jones retained ties to Livingstone College as president of the Livingstone College National Alumni Association, a member of the board of trustees, and was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame. As a member of the United Negro College Fund’s National Alumni Council, at the time of his death, he was serving as the Governmental Relations Chair.