Anne Rose Jones, Ph.D., peacefully died on Saturday, April 16.

Jones was born in New Castle, Pa., on July 5, 1921 to Frank and Maude Derr.

In her career, Jones held positions with Community Action Pittsburgh, ACTION-Housing, the Anna B. Heldman Community Center, Irene Kaufmann Settlement House and the Termon Avenue Home for Children.


She served on numerous boards, including Woman­space East Inc., Three Rivers Adoption Council, Hill House Association, National Association of Black Social Workers, and the Alle­gheny County Children & Youth Advisory Committee.

Jones retired from the University of Pittsburgh as professor emerita of social work, where during her tenure, she was founder and director of the undergraduate program in Social Work.

Jones is survived by her daughter, Connie Rose-Leagiton and son in-law, Lee Leagiton; nephews, Frank Derr and Ronald Hill; great-nephews, Travis (Allison) and Matthew Hill; and numerous relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her sisters, Grace and Jean Derr; brother, Frank Derr; and husband, Paul L. Jones, former Pittsburgh Courier reporter, who was also the first African-American to serve as press secretary to the Mayor of Pittsburgh.

A memorial service was held at White Memorial Chapel.

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