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Jones '72, Second Black Graduate and First Black US Attorney for Texas, Dies

2013 news archive


Newton,MA--Gaynelle Griffin Jones '72, who had a remarkable career as a lawyer and in public service, passed away on May 2. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 as the first black woman to be United States attorney for the Southern District of Texas.

"When she enrolled in the fall of 1969, her first husband, Benjamin Jones, had just earned his degree," said BC Law Professor Emerita Ruth-Arlene Howe. "Her career path and accomplishments affirm the faith and wisdom of Father Drinan's efforts to recruit, enroll and train Black students."

A story on Jones can be found in the Houston Chronicle.