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Pepperdine Remembers Life Regent Jerve Jones

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Pepperdine University mourns the loss of Jerve Jones, a longtime member of the University community.

Jones was elected to the Board of Regents at Pepperdine University in 1986 and elected to Life Regent status in 2002.

“Jerve was a valued friend and trusted regent and advisor at Pepperdine,” says Pepperdine University president Andrew K. Benton. “He always thought carefully before he spoke, and what he said was so wise and eloquent in its simplicity. I will never forget the fact that despite his many successes in life, he never lost the common touch.”

Jones graduated from the University of Southern California in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and soon after joined his father’s small construction company, Jones Brothers Construction.

Through his dedication to grow the company’s clientele and projects, Jones Brothers Construction became one of the largest Los Angeles-based construction companies of the 1980s. He later joined forces with one of his sons to launch the construction management and general contracting company Jones and Jones.

A founding member of the Construction Management Association of America, Jones was active on the boards of various industry organizations, schools, hospitals, charities, and universities, including Pepperdine.