BCD is saddened to report that Marcia V. Jones, 82, passed away on December 11, 2014. Mrs. Jones was an educator at BCD for 37 years, 1963–1975, and 1983–2008.
Marcia taught Latin, Math, and History during her tenure. She was one of the first teachers here to integrate technology into her teaching. She designed a software program with a playful format to introduce her young Latin students to correct verb tenses. Mrs. Jones was beloved by generations of young scholars, and her love of children and understanding of learning styles are hallmarks of her legacy at BCD.
Her obituary adds: ‘From 1975–1980, she taught at Miss Hall’s School in Pittsfield and briefly held the position of Dean of Students… She was in charge of the Visitors’ Center at Tanglewood Music Center for many years; she was also a confirmed Lay Eucharistic Minister in the Episcopal Church. She was a member of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield, and then became a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox. She leaves one son, Kent W. Jones, of New York City, two grandsons, Ethan Jones and Andrèzj Jones, and many devoted cousins, friends, and former students. She will be remembered fondly by many.’
Many people have written to share their memories of Mrs. Jones. We have collected these memories in a book for Kent, and have printed a few below.
Ellie Atwater: Marcia was an incredibly intuitive person.
My sense is that she applied this gift to her craft as a teacher with students, as she worked with parents, and as she worked with her colleagues. I feel very fortunate to have gotten to know her during my time at BCD. We shared some very special moments.
William Campbell: Mrs. Jones is a star in my life.
Vivian Caputo: Marcia loved teaching and loved her students. She lives on in all the lives she touched.
Carmen Dockery Perkins: Marcia was a firecracker—a terrific mentor and a gifted teacher to hundreds of BCD students. Students and colleagues alike loved Marcia. Her unwavering commitment to her practice and her students, along with her profound sense of integrity made Marcia Jones a very, very special person whom I miss dearly.
Aline (Bunny) Drescher: Marcia was a very close friend of mine during our years together at BCD and beyond. She was an extraordinary person and was part of what made BCD the great school it is.
Samuel Greer: Ms. Jones was a truly inspirational teacher and genuinely kind individual. Her excitement and joy in teaching Latin was contagious and I am fortunate to be able to say that from 5th to 9th grade Ms. Jones taught me how to learn, excel in, and love a language.
Gail Heady: Marcia used to love to tell the children if they did not behave, she would drop kick them over Kripalu.
William & Susan Knight: The Knight family is very saddened at the passing of Marcia Jones. She was a wonderful person, outstanding teacher, and great friend.
Rebecca Lord: Did I watch Monday night football? Is the Pope Catholic? Does a bear s**t in the woods? Yup, she really said it! She was a great lady, teacher and mentor.
Christopher Mangiardi: Marcia kept learning fun and interesting while always keeping a smile on her face and, in turn, putting one on each of her students’ faces as well. I will never forget her kindness and passion for teaching her students.
Timur Pakay: Mrs. Jones was a dedicated teacher who encouraged us to participate in community service and taught us the value of etymology. Thanks to her remarkable teaching methodology and occasional subtle humor, I excelled in Latin.
Kay Sadighi: It was always a treat to have the same free periods between classes as Marcia when we taught at BCD. She truly loved her students and teaching, and would share excellent insights as well as invariably injecting a humorous note into discussions of challenges. I can still conjure up a vivid image of her chuckle, slight eye-roll and the phrase “Quelle surprise” in response to unsurprising unwelcome news. She also commiserated with me on pervasive 80s music like Motley Crüe, but said Bon Jovi at least had a name that sounded like a string quartet. She was a fierce scrabble player. She was smart and fun and I am so glad I knew her.
Charles Seyffer: Marcia has loved her way into and resonated within the hearts of so many people. Her energy, her humor, her generosity of spirit, all that she gave us will continue to warm us long after she’s gone.
Christine Witker: Marcia had the most wonderful laugh, a
brilliant mind, and was a multi-talented, caring person. She will be remembered always by those who had the good fortune to know her.
Nina Ryan: Feisty and challenging and funny and tough and warm hearted and knowledgeable… and deeply intelligent…She was one of those lifetime teachers for me – the few who stick with you throughout your life.
Wendy A. Rabinowitz: Marcia is a memorable person who was always vital, interesting, interested, skilled, funny, delightful
Nick Arienti: The connection that she was able to make with me, and with so many of us, was what initiated and drove my desire not only to learn, but to not want to disappoint her. To me, this would have been far worse than simply getting a bad grade.
1990 Yearbook Dedication: Throughout our years at BCD we seem to have been blessed by Mrs. Jones’ cheery presence. Mrs. Jones and her sense of humor, her Lifesavers, her blueberry coat, her bridge lessons…this list never ends. These are things this class will never forget, and Mrs. Jones is someone we’ll always appreciate and love.