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Julius Jones

Dear Colleagues,

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

Julius Jones had a stellar YMCA career, rising in the ranks from a Program Director at the Florida’s First Coast YMCA, Jacksonville, FL, to CEO (for 23 years) of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. During his career, his reputation for operational effectiveness led him to take on leadership roles of significant responsibility and, in the process, was able to impact communities through his guidance and wisdom.

Never one to walk away from a challenge, Mr. Jones tackled chronic societal issues such as gang violence, poverty, and racism by rallying the community to his side and raising significant sums of money to address these issues. Most notably, in the early 1990s, Mr. Jones spearheaded an anti-gang effort, which reduced the homicide rate in Pittsburgh from 156 deaths to 49 in one year.

In 2006, he was inducted into the National YMCA Hall of Fame, which is located at Springfield College, MA. He received an honorary Doctorate Degree of Humanities in Springfield College.

We will miss Julius' positive nature and his dedication to helping others within his community and abroad. He had such a unique ability to care deeply for others, and it was felt.


John M. Preis, President and CEO

YMCA Retirement Fund