Office of the President

January 8, 2018

The UW honors dear friend and supporter, Floyd Jones

Ana Mari Cauce

Floyd JonesI was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Floyd Jones, a dear friend, alumnus and tireless supporter of the University of Washington. Floyd embodied the notion that philanthropy can change lives and make the world a better place. Throughout his years of giving to the UW and across our region, Floyd was always motivated by a deep and joyful commitment to lifting others up.

I’ve had the privilege of knowing Floyd for a long time, and over the years, I have seen how his profound generosity has had an incredible impact on students, faculty and staff. I will miss him very much, but his legacy will live on at the UW. Floyd gave to a number of causes through the UW, but I worked most closely with him on two, his gift to the Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse, reflecting his love of the arts, and his support for the UW Women’s Center, reflecting his commitment to women’s leadership and empowerment.

Floyd lived an extraordinary life, the son of Missouri sharecroppers who beat the odds, earning a degree from the UW which led him to a successful career in finance. But he never forgot what it was like to face hardships. Through his philanthropy, he worked to level the playing field for others, by advancing women’s leadership, combating inequality and helping the arts to thrive. Floyd’s philanthropy in our community included support for the ACLU, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Union Gospel Mission and Planned Parenthood, and his generosity has left the world a more vibrant, healthy and just place.

Our deepest condolences go out to Floyd’s long-time partner, Alene and his children, Steven and Laura. He will be greatly missed, but his impact will live on in the lives of students, faculty, community members and those of us who were fortunate enough to call him a friend.