Remembering Dr. Kathy Richardson-Jones
A principled leader among educators, colleagues, and friends
Kathy Richardson-Jones, Ph.D., was a principled leader and a life-long educator who served developing teachers as Associate Dean for the Zucker Family School of Education at The Citadel for 16 years. Her career included more than 30 years of commitment to broadening the understanding of and appreciation for science-related disciplines.
“Dr. Richardson-Jones loved teaching and had a passion for science education,” said Connie Book, Ph.D., provost and dean of The Citadel. “Her enthusiasm was well known among the local community and area school districts for outstanding work in teacher development and for preparing the next generation of STEM teachers. Kathy will be sorely missed by the Citadel community.”
Richardson-Jones was inducted into the Zucker Family School of Education’s “Wall of Fame” as Outstanding Member of the Education Faculty in early 2017 for her creative efforts, beyond the call of duty, to assure her students were well prepared to be educators.
“Over a course of three decades, Kathy made a tremendous impact, from teaching at the high school where she graduated, to leading professional organizations and expansive projects, to eventually becoming a masterful teacher of teachers,” said Larry Daniel, Ph. D., dean of The Zucker Family School of Education.
Richardson-Jones was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award by The Citadel in 2009 in recognition of high thought and noble endeavor. In 2010, she was elected to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Her many other achievements and areas of service included acting as a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the South Carolina Association for Supervision for seven years, and volunteering as a certified Darkness to Light facilitator.
Richardson-Jones earned a Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies with an Emphasis in Instructional Improvement from Georgia Southern University, with postdoctoral recertification work through Adams State College. Additionally, she earned an Education Specialist in Secondary Science certification, Master of Education in Secondary Science, and Bachelor of Science in Secondary Science Education from Georgia Southern College. She graduated from Statesboro High School in Georgia where she later served as teacher, board member and fundraiser. She also was a member of the First Baptist Church of Charleston. Her remarkable list of accomplishments and contributions can be read here.
“I worked with Kathy on ethics programs at The Citadel. She had a contagious smile, a caring attitude and was always willing to help. She will be missed by all who knew her,” Grant Goodrich, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at The Citadel.
Richardson-Jones is survived by her husband, Wes, who serves as a faculty member and associate dean for the Baker School of Business, and five children, two of whom hold degrees from The Citadel.
“What I will miss most about Kathy is her warm smile. That smile said it all,” said Mary Katherine Zanin, Ph.D., advisor and professor for The Citadel School of Science and Mathematics. “She was a true servant leader, and was always ready to share her expertise and skill to make the Citadel stronger.”
Zanin encourages members of the Citadel community to register for a free mammogram on April 28 when the Hollings Cancer Center Mobile Health Unite will be on campus. “Given the recent sad news about our friend and esteemed colleague after her fierce battle with breast cancer, and as a breast cancer survivor myself, I want to remind everyone about the importance of early detection.”
More information about services and remembrances for Dr. Kathy Richardson-Jones can be found here.