Youngstown, OH 06/07/2023 – With profound sadness, OH WOW!® The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology announces the passing of its esteemed Co-Founder, Gloria Jones. Gloria's visionary leadership and unwavering commitment to fostering a love for science and technology among children have left an indelible mark on the organization and its community.
Gloria Jones and her husband, Roger Jones, founded OH WOW!® with a shared vision to create a center where young minds could explore the wonders of science and technology. Her passion for education and dedication to empowering youth led to establishing a vibrant institution that has enriched countless lives.
Gloria and her family were recently honored at OH WOW's Inaugural InSciTe Gala, where she received the well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award. This recognition served as a testament to Gloria's invaluable contributions and the legacy she leaves behind.
Marvin Logan, Executive Director at OH WOW!®, expressed his deep sorrow at Gloria's passing, saying, "Gloria is as much of the fabric of this place as the support beams in the walls. It was her endorsement that led the organization to improve our storytelling around the impact of our work. While her passing deeply saddens us, we are so fortunate to have been allowed to honor her while she was with us. We will be doing special recognitions soon to honor Roger & Gloria's family meaningfully. We would not be here without them; their story is worthy of acknowledgment."
Wiley Runnestrand, Board Chair of OH WOW!®, added, " “Gloria Jones leaves a legacy that will continue inspiring future generations to embrace the wonders of science and technology. Her vision, dedication, and commitment to the community will be deeply missed.”
Gloria Jones leaves a legacy that will continue inspiring future generations to embrace the wonders of science and technology. Her vision, dedication, and commitment to the community will be deeply missed.
In honor of Gloria's memory, OH WOW!® plans to continue its mission of igniting curiosity and fostering a love for learning among children. The organization remains committed to building upon the foundation laid by its Co-Founders and creating innovative educational experiences for children in our community.
For further information, please contact:
Marvin Logan, Executive Director
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