Ann Beran Jones ’57

2002 Distinguished Citizen Award

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Ann Beran Jones’ life has been guided by concern for women’s issues, interest in education and abiding religious faith. Those guides have led her on many significant journeys. During 40 years as a teacher, she developed a school for children with learning disabilities and programs for career exploration and gifted children. She was also director of Christian education at the Presbyterian Church of Western Springs, Ill.

Concurrently, Beran Jones actively ministers to incarcerated women. Through the Institute of Women Today, she organized classes in creative writing, parenting, quilting, yoga and Bible study in Cook County Jail and other prisons. When prison security limited access to prisoners, she turned her energies to help the institute create two Chicago shelters for homeless or recently released women and their children.

Like her pastor husband, the Rev. David Bebb Jones ’56, Ann Beran Jones has a long history of service through the church. As a national vice moderator of Presbyterian Women, she traveled throughout the U.S. for three years (1997-2000) in support of PW’s Peace and Justice Concerns. In 1999 she led a delegation of 25 women on a five-week, six-nation tour of the Middle East.

In February 2002, Beran Jones accepted yet another challenging position — moderator of the Chicago Presbytery. As organizational leader of Chicago’s 42,000 Presbyterians and its 107 churches, she will represent the presbytery in ceremonial gatherings and preside over the meetings that determine the future direction of Chicago’s Presbyterian churches.

"Professionally, and through volunteer service, Ann Beran Jones has had a commitment and a passion to empower women and children to become whole persons in body, mind and spirit," wrote JoAnne Juul Desmond ’57.