Message from Dean Lodato

Editor’s Note: The following message was initially sent to faculty and staff on March 27. It has been updated with a link to the obituary and details about the memorial service.

Dear Newhouse Faculty and Staff,

I write this evening with sad news. If you have not yet heard, John Philip Jones, an emeritus professor, longtime faculty member in the advertising department and influential voice in the field, died this past Saturday.  

I never met John, but I know from talking with people who did work with him about the impact that he left at the Newhouse School, his dedication to the advertising department—for which he also served as chair— and his illustrious career in Europe before joining Syracuse University.  

Jones spent a quarter-century at J. Walter Thompson, holding positions in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. He arrived at Syracuse in 1981, bringing a wealth of knowledge that would benefit the hundreds of students that he would go on to teach at Newhouse. 

Among his long list of accolades: In 1991, Jones was named by the American Advertising Federation as the Distinguished Advertising Educator of the Year. That same year, he became a member of the Council of Judges of the Advertising Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was honored by Cowles Business Media and the American Association of Advertising Agencies for leadership in the media field. And in 2001, he received the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Academic Achievement. 

Jones was also a prolific author, having written about 18 books. His work has been translated into German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Turkish and Arabic. 

Needless to say, we were fortunate to have his expertise at the Newhouse School. On behalf of the Newhouse community, I extend deepest condolences to John’s family and friends. 

Information on contributions in John’s memory can be found in his obituary. A memorial service has been scheduled for April 30 at 10 a.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Syracuse. 


Dean Lodato