The Society mourns the loss of Robert Goodhue Jones

Robert Goodhue Jones 
October 27, 1926- October 2, 2018

Bob Jones, renowned artist and illustrator, died unexpectedly from complications of pulmonary fibrosis in the comfort of his home in the wee hours of October 2nd where he'd painted and created for over 35 years. He was just shy of his 92nd birthday. Bob remained vital and independent, having lunched with a friend at a fine restaurant on the Hudson hours before he died.

Bob was born October 27th, 1926, in Beverly Hills, California. Raised in Southern California, his summers were spent on the water sailing and fishing. Bob was a gifted athlete in high school, an avid outdoorsman, and embraced all that nature had to offer- including ingredients for his multitude of recipes. He made a mean ceviche. As a young man he would free dive for abalone and lobster on the coast, and fish and hunt in Wyoming as well as on the Baja Peninsula. He pursued similar passions throughout his adult life after he moved East.

Bob acquired his first professional experience working at the Warner Bros. Studios in the animation department while still attending Beverly High School in Los Angeles, CA. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, serving as an artist/cartoonist for several large station newspapers. Following an honorable discharge in 1946, he studied under the GI Bill and majored in art at the University of Southern California. In 1949, Bob transferred to the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles where he studied illustration full time, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. It was during this time that he married Ann Burton in LA. Shortly after the birth of their first son, Robert A. Jones, the family moved to the East Coast in 1952 to Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, where Timothy was born. They eventually settled in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY, to raise their family. There they welcomed three more children: Peter, Linda and Martha. After his divorce in 1974, Bob moved back to the Hastings area where he lived until his death.

For 12 years, Bob was affiliated with Charles Cooper Studios in NYC creating magazine and advertising illustration for various publications, most notably The Saturday Evening Post, McCalls, and Good Housekeeping. Advertising accounts included Avon, General Foods, General Motors, MGM and Mattel Toys. Publishing accounts included Scholastic Books and Simon & Shuster among others. Leaving Cooper Studios to freelance in 1964, Bob created the Exxon Tiger (then Esso) and was the continuing artist throughout the "Tiger in Your Tank" advertising campaign from 1964 to 1982. It was also during this time that his career with MAD magazine was launched. Bob was given the opportunity to contribute to Nick Meglin's book, The Art of Humorous Illustration. Bob always thought that it was this collaboration that led Nick to approach him in 1976 to create his first MAD cover. He went on to illustrate a book for MAD, as well as create additional covers and artwork for the magazine for nearly two decades.

Bob was an active member of the Society of Illustrators for more than 60 years. He participated in many exhibitions and was recognized with numerous certificates of merit (’59, ’64, ’65,’72–’75). Bob was honored to receive the prestigious Gold Medal Award for Illustration in 1967. His work can be found in the book, 200 years of American Illustration (Random House 1978). His friends and family fondly remember the many lunches shared over the years with Bob in the Society of Illustrators’ special top floor club and restaurant.  

After retiring from the commercial art world, Bob continued to pursue the fine arts. His long association with boating and water is reflected in the majority of his paintings—it is no surprise that marine and seascapes are predominant themes of his canvases. A talented painter, his works were exhibited in numerous venues as well as invitational shows. Bob summered for 50 years on his beloved Block Island where he explored the shores and deep waters of the island, fishing and sketching from his boat, the Casita. When his son Peter settled on the west coast of Florida with a fishing boat of his own, Bob would head south joining Pete—both in search of "the big one!"

Left to cherish the many dear memories now held close to the heart are his brother James H. Jones (Melinda Mainland) of Santa Fe, NM; daughters Linda E. Jones (Mark A. Stephenson) of Burlington, VT, and their sons Cody A. Stephenson of Boston, MA, and Clark B. Stephenson of Burlington, VT, Martha Jones Vogt (Thomas W. Vogt) and their sons Alex J. Vogt and Kevin R. Vogt, all of Mesa, AZ; grandson Sean Jones (Amber) and their sons Tyler & Ryan Jones, all of Bremerton, WA; granddaughters, all of Melbourne, FL area, Rachel Taylor (John) and their sons Zachery & Noah Taylor, Danielle Townsend (Joseph) and their children Katie Lee and Eli Townsend, and Janine Jones (Doug Cammarata). He is also survived by the mother of his children, Ann B. Jones, and countless cherished friends who loved him and enriched his life in so many ways.

In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his sister Justine Jones, his infant son Timothy in 1954, his son Robert A. Jones in 1976, and his son Peter W. Jones in 2016.

            Friends are invited to join the family in a Celebration of Bob's life
Saturday, December 1, 2018
2:00–5:00 p.m.
Caldwell Hall
The Church of St. Barnabas
15 North Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533
After remembering Bob, light fare & refreshments will follow
Wheelchair accessible
Linda E. Jones (802)825.8333     Martha J. Vogt (602)290.9519