Early Childhood Ed Expert Inspired Many

Molly Mason Jones, professor emerita of psychology at Scripps College, died in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, on May 25. She was 94.

Director of the Mary B. Eyre Nursery School in Claremont from 1939 to 1967, she was the author of Guiding Your Child From Two to Five, as well as many articles on the subject of early education.

She attended Dana Hall and Vassar College, and obtained graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto. An edowed professorship in her honor, the Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology, was established at Scripps College in 1999 and is currently held by Professor Alan Hartley.

Molly Mason moved to Claremont in 1939, and in 1941 married W.T. Jones, a professor of philosophy at Pomona College. They were some of the original residents of Padua Hills, where they lived for more than 50 years. She moved to Ohio in 2002, following the death of her husband in 1998.

An avid skier before sustaining knee injuries, she afterward became a dedicated swimmer, and remained a lifelong devotee of nutrition and fitness.

A memorial will be held on campus sometime during the fall semester.