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Dr. Hilton Ira Jones

 

 

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 completed.

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 1953.

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.)