Dr. William O. Jones 33º, Grand Master Emeritus
Dr. William O. Jones, a native of Westminster, South Carolina, received the Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) from South Carolina State University, the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree (DVM) from Tuskegee University, and the Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) in Clinical Pathology from Cornell University.
He was actively involved in funded research for more than twenty years, and he has written many scientific articles for publication. He presented numerous lectures before state, national, and international Veterinary Medical Associations. He was the keynote speaker at the International Veterinary Conference in Cologne, German, and he spent two weeks lecturing at the Veterinary College in Cairo, Egypt. He served as a Consultant to many federal agencies, including the National Cancer Institute, NIH; the Animal Resource Review Committee, NIH; the Office of Health Resources Opportunity, NIH; and the Cancer Center Support Review Committee, NIH.
Dr. Jones received the Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in Veterinary Medicine twice; he received the School of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award for two consecutive years, and he received the Distinguished United Negro College Fund Herman H. Long Professor of the Year Award. He holds the distinction of being the first recipient of the Tenneco Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Jones is a member of many academic, fraternal, and service organizations, including Tuskegee Veterinary Medical Alumni Association (TVMAA), Alabama Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Society, the Society of Phi Zeta, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He was the first African-American Veterinarian to earn board certification as a Veterinary Clinical Pathologist from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He is a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity—Phi Boulé, and he was initiated into Xi Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at South Carolina State University. He is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and he is presently a member of the Iota Chapter in Tuskegee, Alabama.
In addition, he is a Deacon at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. He is Past Grand Senior Warden of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Alabama, Past Worshipful Master of Lewis Adams Lodge #67, a member of Booker T. Washington Consistory #115 and a member of Mizraim Temple #119, Honorary Past Imperial Potentate of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine, and he is a 33rd Degree Mason (active). He has been a guest speaker at the United Supreme Council, the Alabama Council of Deliberation and numerous consistories’ and lodges’ banquets. He served as President of the Education System of the Phylaxis Society; Grand Auditor of the United Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction; Vice President and President of the Conference of Grand Masters, and he is presently the Most Worshipful Grand Master Emeritus of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, F. & A. M. of Alabama, and the Lieutenant Grand Commander of the United Supreme Council, Southern Jurisdiction.
Dr. Jones is a retired Professor Emeritus and Head of the Department of Pathobiology from the College of Veterinary Medicine Nursing and Allied Health at Tuskegee University. He is a retired Colonel from the Veterinary Corps of the United States Army Reserve and is owner and President of M & W Associates, Incorporated. He is married to Dr. Mary Ann C. Jones, retired Professor Emeritus of English and former Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Tuskegee University. They have two daughters—Cheryl Denise, an Electrical Engineer with an MBA Degree and also a Certified Mathematics Teacher, and Leslie Danielle, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an MBA Degree and a Partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, and she also serves on the Board of Trustees at Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia) and on the Atlanta (Georgia) Police Foundation Board.
The Joneses are the proud grandparents of Adlai Lilburne Pappy II—a 2012 graduate of Princeton University—and Camille Adele Pappy—a 2012 entering freshman at Goucher University; and Keven Caleb, Austin Daniel, and Blake Aaron Patterson. Their permanent residence is in Tuskegee, Alabama, and their second residence is in Mableton, Georgia.