Thomas Christopher Jones

Thomas Christopher Jones was born in Columbus, Ohio, the second of four children. In 1948, Thomas met and married Lillian Campbell, his wife of 66 years and had four children.

Jones’ early years were spent working on his family’s farm and attending school in Grove City, Ohio. With the help of a four-year football scholarship, he attended Florida A&M College, when it was one of the top Black football programs in the nation. While there, he joined the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and remained an active member. He then attended Meharry Medical School, during which he was commissioned into the Army where he received the rank of Captain.

Although Jones had been denied privileges at hospitals in other states, when he moved his family to Baltimore, he found a place at six hospitals, including GBMC and Sinai and eventually joined a group of physicians who built and practiced at the Garwyn Medical Center.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lillian and his four children, David, Jahari, Daryl and Wendell, nine grandchildren, Ayana, Omari, Laila, Shani, Kamara, Ava, Kayli, Kayin and TJ, and two great grandchildren, Demi and Amari.

A memorial will be held, 11 a.m., Jan. 31, at March Life Tribute Center, 7601 Sandy Spring Road Laurel, Md.