Alan Hedrick Jones

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Alan Hedrick Jones, only child of Volney and Joyce Jones, was born April 18, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On June 2, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan, he married Susan Holtzer (born February 21, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York).

Alan and Susan had one son, Mason Todd Jones, born July 24, 1964, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook

Alan grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, graduating from Ann Arbor High School in 1955. He remained in Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan, receiving a B.A. in history and social science in 1959, an M.A. in international education in 1961, and a Ph.D. in social foundations of education in 1971.

Susan is Jewish and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her father died in action in Europe during the Second World War. Susan spent as much time as possible at Ebbets Field cheering for the Brooklyn Dodgers. She graduated from Madison High School in 1957 and came to Ann Arbor ro study at the University of Michigan, where she received a B.A. degree in English in 1961 and an M.A. degree in journalism in 1972.

Alan and Susan met as undergraduate sports reporters working on The Michigan Daily, the student newspaper at the University of Michigan. His senior year Alan was sports editor for the newspaper, while Susan served as associate editorial director her senior year.

Alan and Susan were married in 1960 and both continued their studies at the University Michigan. In and around his graduate study, Alan served as a teaching fellow and instructor at the University of Michigan School of Education, as a junior high school teacher in Ann Arbor, and as an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University. Susan worked as a legal secretary and wrote articles for several local, regional, and national publications. Both Alan and Susan became active in the Ann Arbor Democratic Party during the 1960s and Alan served as chair of the Party for two years. They also helped form the New Democratic Coalition of Michigan and the national New Democratic Coalition and served in various leadership roles in these and other anti-Vietnam War and pro-civil rights/civil liberties groups.

Their son Mason was born in 1964, and soon thereafter the family moved into the first of four different homes in which they would live in the Burns Park section of Ann Arbor over the next 25 years, a period during which they moved away from and back to Ann Arbor three times.

The first move was in 1972, to Connecticut, where Alan served as chair of the Department of Education at Sacred Heart University for a year, following which he returned to Ann Arbor to coordinate a research project for the University of Michigan’s Office of Institutional Research. In 1974 they moved to California, where Alan worked as a consultant with the Commission on Teacher Preparation and Licensing for two years. From 1976 to 1978 they were back in Ann Arbor, where Alan was the executive secretary of the Michigan Conference of the American Association of University Professors. In 1978 they returned to California and Alan worked with the Commission on Teacher Preparation and Licensing again, this time as chief of the Office of Planning and Governmental Relations, while Susan worked as a writer and editor with the Office of Student Affairs at the University of California, Davis.

In 1981 the family again returned to Ann Arbor, and Alan was hired by Prakken Publications to serve as editor of The Education Digest. He remained with Prakken for nine years, serving first as executive editor and then as publisher for five years. When the Prakken company was sold in 1990, Alan and Susan started their own educational publishing company, which they named Caddo Gap Press. They moved that company to California late in 1990, and currently operate in San Francisco, where they publish several educational periodicals—including Educational Foundations, Teacher Education Quarterly, Multicultural Education Magazine, the Journal of Thought, and Vitae Scholasticae—and a few books each year.

Alan has served during his educational career as president of the American Educational Studies Association, vice president of the Educational Press Association of America, and as a board member of the California Council on the Education of Teachers, the Society of Professors of Education, and the Society for Educational Reconstruction. He is the author of more than 100 papers, articles, and reports about education.

Susan is a published mystery writer. Her first mystery novel, Something to Kill for, was winner of the Malice Domestic award for new mystery fiction and was released by St. Martin’s Press in 1994. Her second book, Curly Smoke, was published by St. Martin’s in the fall of 1995, and her third, Bleeding Maize and Blue, was published in the fall of 1996. Her mysteries, written under her maiden name Susan Holtzer, are set in Ann Arbor. She is an active member of the Northern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and of Sisters in Crime.

Alan and Susan remain enthusiastic sports fans, following in particular all of the University of Michigan teams and the San Francisco 49ers.


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