Brent Jones, 71, of Benbrook, who worked at the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science from 1995 to 2020, died in November 2022.
He was serving as TAMS’ assistant dean of admissions when he retired and previously worked as the academy’s director of admissions and director of scholarships and external affairs. He was known for his brilliant mind, hard work and kindness.
He joined UNT from the UNT Health Science Center, where he served from 1988 to 1995 in positions including minority retention coordinator and assistant director for special opportunities, associate admissions director and director of the Health Careers Opportunities Program.
He always had a curious mind, starting from childhood when he learned that one of John Wilkes Booth’s accomplices in the Lincoln assassination was a woman, Mary Surratt, who became the first woman executed by the U.S. government. This began his hobby of studying 19th century female conspirators and he talked about the subject at TAMS’ 2017 Great Conversations event, selling out his table.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and worked as a medical technologist for Rohm & Haas Chemical Co. before attending medical school. When he decided on academia as a career, he earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Texas Christian University.