In Memoriam and Gratitude

Julius Jones

Julius Jones

August 5, 1935–April 4, 2018

The YMCA Retirement Fund celebrates the life of Julius Jones. Serving on the Fund’s Board of Trustees from 1989 to 2001, Mr. Jones was the Vice Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2001.
He also served as the President of the retiree organization now known as the YMCA Alumni for three years from 2009 to 2011.

Rising in the ranks from a Program Director at a YMCA branch in Jacksonville, FL, to CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, Julius Jones had a stellar YMCA career. His reputation for operational effectiveness led him to take on leadership roles of significant responsibility, and, in the process, was able to help communities through his guidance and wisdom.

Mr. Jones tackled chronic societal issues such as gang violence, poverty, and racism by rallying the community to his side and raising money to address these issues. Most notably, he spearheaded an anti-gang effort, which reduced the homicide rate in Pittsburgh from 156 deaths to 49 in one year.

In 2006, Julius Jones was inducted into the National YMCA Hall of Fame, which is located at Springfield College, MA. We will remember Julius for his dedication to helping others within his community and his unique ability to care deeply for others. 

Jane Kirk

Jane S. Kirk

May 12, 1928–May 22, 2018

Jane S. Kirk was a devoted member of the YMCA and was the first woman to serve on the YMCA Retirement Fund’s Board of Trustees from 1982 to 1991. An active member of the Board, Ms. Kirk held positions in many of the Fund’s Committees and served as Chairman of the Fund’s Personnel Committee.

Jane Kirk was drawn to nonprofit work early in her career. After serving with the Red Cross, she accepted a position with the YMCA in 1961. She worked for various regional YMCAs before joining Y-USA’s headquarters in Chicago, IL, where she worked for 23 years.

Ms. Kirk also volunteered and served her community. She founded Jane’s Kids, a program that provides clothing to children in need. Established nearly thirty years ago, the program was named in Jane Kirk’s honor and has helped thousands of children.

Dedicating her life to serving others, Jane Kirk’s extraordinary 32-year YMCA career is an inspiration to all of us. We will always remember her incredible work and altruistic spirit.