Georgeanna Seegar Jones, M.D.

Georgeanna Jones

1912 - 2005

Georgeanna Seegar Jones was born in Baltimore, MD, July 6, 1912. She held a B.A. from Goucher College and an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was elected to the medical honorary society, Alpha Omega Alpha, as a third-year medical student. She did her postgraduate training at Johns Hopkins and was a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

She rose in the academic ranks at Johns Hopkins and in 1939 was appointed gynecologist-in-charge of the Gynecologic Endocrine Clinic, thus becoming one of the first gynecological endocrinologists on a medical school faculty in the United States. She held the position until her retirement from Johns Hopkins in 1978. She was named a full professor of gynecology in 1972 and professor emerita upon her retirement. Dr. Jones combined the finest qualities of an excellent researcher and a dedicated clinician.

After her retirement from Hopkins, she and her husband, Dr. Howard Jones, joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, and as a result of their collaborative efforts, the first child conceived by in vitro fertilization in the United States was born in December, 1981.

Dr. Georgeanna Jones was the author of more than 300 peer reviewed scientific articles, as well as more than 20 book chapters. She and Dr. Howard Jones were co-authors of the medical journal, The Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, for 30 years. In addition, she was the co-author of five textbooks of gynecology used by several generations of medical students throughout the world. She was popular as a teacher and was a visiting professor and lecturer on six continents.

She was a member of numerous local, state, national and foreign medical societies and became the first female president of the American Fertility Society in 1970. She was elected to the Society of Hopkins Scholars in 1986, received the Johns Hopkins Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1997, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society of Gynecological Investigation and the Bertarelli Foundation Award in reproductive health. Her honorary degrees include those from Goucher College, Old Dominion University, Amherst College and Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Among numerous honors given were the Rubin Award in 1966, the Barren Foundation Award in 1971, Norfolk, Virginia's Woman of the Year Award 1982, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania's Woman Scientist of the Year Award in 1985. She was an honorary member of many foreign medical societies, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ad Eundem.

Dr. Georgeanna Jones is survived by her husband of 64 years, Howard Wilbur Jones Jr.; her sons, Howard Wilbur Jones III and wife Patricia of Nashville, Tenn., and Lawrence Massey Jones and wife Gayle of Denver, Colo.; and daughter, Georgeanna Jones Klingensmith and husband William of Denver, Colo. Survivors also include her brother, King Seegar and sister Elizabeth Seegar. She also leaves seven grandchildren, Kathleen Jones O'Connor, Howard H. Jones, William Klingensmith IV, Theodore Klingensmith, Tyler Jones, Nathan Jones, Adrienne Jones; and one great-grandson, Thomas O'Connor.

Submitted by William E. Gibbons, M.D. and Sergio Oehninger, M.D., Ph.D.

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