dr. Howard W. jones, jr. passes at 104
The international reproductive medicine community has lost a giant - Howard W Jones, Jr., who passed away on July 31, 2015, at age 104.
Dr. Jones initially achieved well deserved international acclaim while at Johns Hopkins beginning in the 1950s, not only clarifying disorders of sex development but devising surgical treatment. After mandatory retirement at age 65 years, Howard and Georgeanna Seegar Jones established at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, the now famed Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine (1979).
Like other pioneers pursuing in vitro fertilization during that era, Howard and Georgeanna overcame technical challenges and relentless criticisms in the United States and abroad, but succeeded with America's first IVF pregnancy in 1981, three years after the success of Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe in the UK. Thereafter, innumerable physicians and embryologists from around the world were welcomed and trained at the Jones Institute.
Drs Howard and Georgeanna Jones had the extraordinary combination of knowledge, commitment and technical expertise to introduce a transformative technology to the U.S. which BECAME commonplace within their lifetimes. Dr. Jones continued to provide wisdom on ethical and policy issues, his last book published just in 2014.
The IFFS is grateful for this lasting legacy, which allowed current IFFS leaders from member societies from around the world to provide clinical services to millions of couples.