Editor Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr. Dies
By CLAYTON BELLAMY
The Associated Press
Tuesday, February 24, 2004; 3:33 PM
TULSA, Okla. - Jenkin Lloyd Jones Sr., the former editor and publisher of the now-defunct Tulsa Tribune, died Tuesday at 92, his family said.
Jones, who was also a syndicated columnist, died at his Tulsa home, said his son, David Jones.
Jones began working for the afternoon daily, which was owned and published by his father, Richard Lloyd Jones Sr., in 1933 as a reporter.
He served as the paper's editor from 1941 to 1988 and was publisher until 1991. The paper folded the following year after a 51-year joint operating agreement with the morning Tulsa World collapsed.
Jones was a president of the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 1956 and was elected to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1972. Jones was also president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1969.
His Saturday column, written from a moderately conservative perspective, appeared in more than 100 papers nationwide, his family said.
"He could put the dagger in you with tongue in cheek as well as any man I've ever read," David Jones said.
As a reporter, Jones covered the Nuremberg Trials and interviewed the missionary Albert Schweitzer in Africa.
His father, who was also publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal, bought the Tulsa Democrat in 1919. The paper's name was changed a year later.
Jones' son Jenk Lloyd Jones Jr. took over for his father as editor in 1988 and as publisher in 1991. Jones' brother, Richard L. Jones Jr., served as president of The Tribune Co. Other family members contributing in other roles.
"It was a family newspaper in every sense of the word," said David Jones, who was Washington correspondent and entertainment editor.
Besides sons Jenk and David, Jones is survived by his widow, Anna Maria Jones; a daughter, Georgia Snoke; two stepchildren; and nine grandchildren.
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