Dr. Hilton Ira Jones
was serving as the head of the chemistry department on the Oklahoma A&M
campus when he offered his aid to members of the college band to help them
create a new organization. These bandsmen were the founders of Kappa Kappa
Psi, and Dr. Jones's reputation as a Greek scholar made him a natural choice
to assist in the creation of the Fraternity.
Assisting with the
creation of the ritual as well as with Greek translations, Dr. Jones proved
an invaluable colleague in the founding work of the Fraternity. For his
efforts, he was made an honorary member of the organization shortly after
all legal paperwork required to make the Fraternity operational was
Not long after
helping to found Kappa Kappa Psi, Dr. Jones left OAMC. For a number of
years, he traveled the country as a lecturer for the Redpath Lyceum Bureau.
His science lectures were among the most popular presented by Redpath,
though not everyone approved of his methods - Dr. Jones received a mention
in Time magazine as "a professional rouser of emotions" after
one particularly excited speech in 1928.
In 1929, Dr. Jones
was hired as a consultant by the National Selected Morticians (now the
National Independent Funeral Homes) to assist with research and development
of various mortuary chemicals. The growth of this work led Dr. Jones to
found the Hizone Chemical Company in 1937. Dr. Jones continued to develop
and produce chemicals at Hizone until his death in 1955. Today, Hizone
Brands still carries on the work begun by Dr. Jones, and proudly
acknowledges his role as the company founder.
Though his career saw
him travel to a wide variety of places and finally settle into business, Dr.
Jones did not forget Kappa Kappa Psi. He became the 21st Life Member of the
Fraternity, and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1949, at the
National Convention held at the University of Colorado. He served until
Though not a
musician, Dr. Jones nevertheless played an important role in the founding of
Kappa Kappa Psi. Every brother initiated into our Fraternity has been influenced by his contributions.
(Research into the
life of Dr. Hilton Ira Jones is ongoing. This biography will be updated as
information about Dr. Jones is discovered and confirmed.)