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UT Tyler Announces Al and Nancy Jones Auxiliary Gymnasium

September 30, 2011

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Through a generous gift, The University of Texas at Tyler has remodeled a space in the UT Tyler Physical Health Education Building to serve as a recreational gymnasium, Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for auxiliary services and intercollegiate athletics, announced.

Named the Al and Nancy Jones Auxiliary Gymnasium, the facility will serve the entire UT Tyler community and broaden recreational opportunities on campus. In August, Nancy Jones donated funds in memory of her late husband to remodel the facility.

“Mr. and Mrs. Jones have been good friends of mine, and Mr. Jones was my best friend,” said King Campbell, UT Tyler assistant athletic director and head men’s and women’s golf coach. “He was a generous man who had done quite well in the business world and was willing to share a lot of that success he had.”

An avid supporter of the UT Tyler golf program, Al had recently contributed funds for the golf practice facility on the main campus, he added.

“When Al passed last June, we wanted to do something as a tribute to him, and the idea to dedicate this gym was through his widow and business partners,” Campbell said. “He was a man who loved life and young people, and he was always encouraging them. We think this is a great tribute to him and his family.”

A dedication ceremony will be 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the UT Tyler PHE Building.

With three business partners, Al began the Lindale-based Best Equipment Service & Sales Company in 1979. To date, that business has grown to more $100 million in revenues and employs more than 250 people.

His generosity will continue to help many, as the couple formed the Alfred W. and Nancy M. Jones Foundation.

Carrying on his legacy and giving nature at the university, Nancy also is a UT Tyler President’s Associates platinum member.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.                      

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