Nolan T. Jones
Nolan T. Jones, age 88, of Sacramento CA, formerly a resident of Milford and Amherst, passed away on July 14, 2015.
Born in Manhattan KS, Nolan served in the US Navy during the final months of WWII. Nolan earned a BS from the University of Nebraska and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, both in Electrical Engineering, and he worked for Mitre Corporation in Bedford MA his entire career. Nolan was especially proud of being involved in early computers, including the Whirlwind at MIT.
He married Beverly M. McCoy, of Minneapolis, MN, who predeceased him in 1981. Subsequently, Nolan married Joan Lloyd Borum, with whom he enjoyed Democratic politics and exploring historic canals of Europe, Canada and the US. While in Milford and Amherst (1993- 2010), he was active in the Unitarian Universalist Church, NH Democratic politics and the Middlesex Canal Association.
Nolan was an Eagle Scout and was very active in the Boy Scouts of America in various capacities for 50 years, earning the Silver Beaver award for distinguished service. Nolan’s interests included bridge, camping, conservation, historic canal preservation and tinkering with electronics.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; her children, Christopher Borum (Michelle) of Minneapolis MN, Owen Borum (Jennifer) of Boulder CO; and three step-grandchildren; and his children, Susan Jones (David Wright) of Sacramento CA, Nolan T. Jones Jr. of Mt. Carmel UT, and Cynthia Jones (Fred LaPlante) of Woodinville WA; as well as his grandson Galen.
"The purpose of life is … to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." – Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Friends wishing to make a remembrance gift for Nolan may send a contribution to the Middlesex Canal Association, c/o Howard Winkler, 1010 Waltham St., Lexington, MA 02421.