Former Delta Kappa Epsilon Honorary President Charles Hill Jones, Jr., who also served on the Deke Foundation Board of Directors, died Sept. 28, 2022 at the age of 89 in Palm Beach, Fla.
Charlie, who served as honorary president from 2018-2020, was a proud brother in the bonds who recently received the prestigious David Carr Memorial Legacy Award from his beloved Eta chapter at the University of Virginia. His was a life of success in business and service to his community. In recent years, Charlie, who divided his time between his homes in Florida and Little Silver, N.J., served in leadership positions on more than a dozen boards and committees.
He made friends wherever he went and in March was deeply honored to be named the grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rumson, N.J.
In college, Charlie was a skilled athlete who starred on Virginia’s varsity tennis team. He was a devoted Deke who was a legend at the Eta chapter, and his affection for DKE only grew in the years ahead.
During his career in financial services, Charlie served as Director of Research at Wood, Struthers & Winthrop. He was Chief Investment Officer at Midlantic National Bank, and chairman and president of New Jersey Title Insurance. Finally, he served as president of Edge Partners Ltd. and was the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
When he wasn’t working, Charlie became a leader wherever he went. Jones was a former President of the Board of Trustees of the Rumson Country Day School, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Trustee of Hampden-Sydney College, and a leader in many other organizations.
He remained close to his DKE brothers at Eta Virginia, often recalling the great times he enjoyed there during his undergraduate years. Charlie’s athletic skills lasted until he reached his 80s, and he served as a board member of the Bath & Tennis Club, the Everglades Club and Gulf Stream Golf Club.
“Charlie was a great Deke who always supported his brothers, young and old,” said DKE Executive Director Doug Lanpher. “He was touched when the DKE Board of Directors elected him to serve as the fraternity’s honorary president, and in typical Charlie Jones style, went out of his way to assist the brotherhood wherever he could.”
Charlie is survived by his wife, Hope, and their children and grandchildren.