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As He Nears 100, Work Continues for Medical Icon

The Virginian-Pilot,  Sept 19, 2010
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Dr. Howard Jones Jr. doesn’t hesitate when asked what he considers his greatest accomplishment as he nears his century mark.

It’s not patching up soldiers as a combat surgeon during World War II. Not figuring out the science that led to the country’s first test-tube baby. Not his remarkable ability to keep working at the age of 99.

Rather, it’s an event that happened in 1940:

He married well.

“The most important thing I did in my life was marry Georgeanna,” Jones said. “There is no question about that.”

His partner in life and work died in 2005, and Jones has spent the time since then making sure Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones continues to get equal billing in their accomplishments.

That holds true as he nears his 100th birthday – which is Dec. 30 – and various institutions pay tribute to the surgeon who was half of the husband-and-wife team that produced the country’s first in-vitro fertilization baby.

The accolades will start Tuesday with a tribute in Norfolk hosted by the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation for Reproductive Medicine and The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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