Journal of the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy


Dr. Howard Jones, Jr. (1910-2015): In Memoriam

S. Oehninger1, T.F. Kruger2

1Henry Clay Hofheimer II Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA.

2Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Stellenbosch, Aevitas Clinic, Pinelands, Cape Town, RSA.

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Published online: Sep 30 2015


We honor the life of Howard W. Jones, Jr., MD, 104, a pioneer and visionary in reproductive medicine, a dedicated mentor, internationally renowned gynecological surgeon, and the father of in vitro fertilization IVF) in the United States. Dr. Jones founded the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, in Norfolk, Virginia, at Eastern Virginia Medical School, in 1983. Today, IVF has grown exponentially not only in its direct application but also in the development of newer techniques would have been unimaginable a couple of decades ago. Throughout the years Dr. Howard has been a teacher and a mentor to many around the world. To us he also was a friend, a supporter at the time of difficult decisions, someone who would inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning and untangling some of the complexities of the field, even of the human condition. His leadership, vision, knowledge, enthusiasm and inquisitive mind will be missed.