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Warren Jones Obituary

August 19, 2021

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MACOMB, IL – Funeral services for Western Illinois University Department of Economics Chair Emeritus Warren Jones will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21 at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Williamsburg, IA. A visitation will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, and a Masonic service will follow the funeral service.

He is survived by four nieces; four great-nieces; one great-nephew; and eight great-great-nieces and nephews.

Jones began working at WIU in August 1983 as an associate professor of economics. He was named chairperson in 1990, and retired after 27 years at WIU, in June 2010. He taught various courses in the economics department, including American economic history; current economic issues; public finance; money, credit and banking; micro- and macro-economic theory; and managerial economics. In addition to his instruction and scholarship activities, Jones served in various service roles at the University, including the economics department's graduate adviser; department internship coordinator; and program coordinator for the Quad Cities Economic Outlook Breakfast 2008, which was sponsored by Western's College of Business and Technology (CBT) and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce. Jones also served as the chairperson of the University Council of Chairs and was an active member of Rotary International. Jones also had created an endowed scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student studying economics.

Jones received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Iowa in 1982. After that, he briefly taught at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks before coming to WIU. He published in the American Economic Review and presented papers at numerous economic conferences and events, including at the Midwest Economic Association; Illinois Economic Association; the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA); and the International Conference on Fiscal Austerity.

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