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Regent 'served Baylor well'

Nov. 9, 2004

By PETER ANZOLLITTO, staff writer

Dale P. Jones, a former Baylor University regent, died in a Houston hospital Saturday at age 68 after suffering a head injury on Oct. 29.

"Dale Jones was an incredibly gifted man and brought his talent and capacity to the board of regents for 10 years," Will Davis, Baylor Board of Regents chairman, said. "He was one of the most honorable and gentle men I have known and served Baylor well."

Jones served on the board from 1994, when he was elected by the presiding members, to May 2004.

After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor of science in business administration degree in 1958, Jones continued his education with the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He later served on the board of directors for Halliburton Co., Noble Energy Inc., and Telsco Industries.

In 1989, Jones, a former U.S. Air Force officer, was named president of Halliburton Co., and in 1995, he was named vice chairman. He retired in 1998.

"Dale Jones was one of the most honorable regents to serve in Baylor's history," President Robert B. Sloan Jr. said in a press release. "He brought great business experience to our board, an analytical mind and a heart deeply committed to the Christian faith. The Baylor community will miss him, and we extend our prayers and deepest sympathies to his family."

Jones was active in his community and served on numerous boards and in leadership roles for various organizations. He was a deacon and trustee at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas and served in campaign leadership roles for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. He was on the boards of Baylor Health Care System, the Senior Citizens of Greater Dallas and Choice Resources.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, and visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas.