The lessons G. Merwin Jones taught his students extended far beyond the four walls of his classroom.
A teacher in the Falconer Central School District, Jones spent his career engaging students in the wonders of science. After he retired in 1993, he volunteered his time in the classroom in Falconer, as well as, Washington Middle School and tutored students in many subjects.
According to Jones’ son, Robb, Jones continued his own education long after graduating from high school and encouraged his students to learn something new every day.
“(My dad had) a true thirst for knowledge,” Robb said. “Beyond the formal education, he continued to learn and teach every day of his life.”
With a book always nearby, Jones taught himself how to carve wood, how to sail, and even how to speak German, before passing away in January at the age of 80.
“Our family could not think of a better, or more fitting way, to honor him than to create a scholarship in his name,” said his son, Robb. “We know this is what he would want his legacy to be.”
The G. Merwin Jones Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to graduating high school seniors from the Falconer Central School District majoring in a science-related or medical course of study.