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Jan Jones ’63

Jan Jones ’63 passed away Sept. 6 in Tyler. She began her teaching career at A&M Consolidated High School in College Station. She then taught at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler for 33 years, where she established an outstanding, award-winning theater program, recognized across the state of Texas. Jan also served as a Tyler Junior College adjunct faculty member before retiring. After retirement, she taught at All Saints Episcopal School, University of Texas Tyler, and Trinity Valley Community College in Athens. Jan had taught at East Texas Christian Academy since last year. Throughout the years, she not only directed and taught for the Student Players of Tyler, Brickstreet Theater children’s program, S.T.A.R, and The Acting Conservatory at Tyler Civic Theater, but her involvement also extended to the Stephen F. Austin Summer Rep Co. She recently directed the popular “Always…Patsy Cline” production at TCT. As a lifetime member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association and TETA’s Adjudicator’s Organization, Jan contributed her knowledge to educators and schools across the state and the nation. She was the recipient of numerous awards, including TETA’s Founder’s Award and Emeritus Award, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Robert E. Lee’s Teacher of the Year, the SFA University 2005 Outstanding Theatre Alumni, and the UIL Southwestern Bell Sponsor Excellence Award. She was the sister of Jane Jones Vardiman ’55.