June 27, 2006
Graphic designer Dick Jones dies at 78
Prominent graphic designer Dick Jones of Dorland Sweeney Jones passed away on June 11 at age 78 after suffering a head injury while attending the annual meeting of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Alumni Council on June 4. Jones spent 40 years in healthcare advertising and was inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame in 2000. He graduated from RISD in 1951 and soon moved to New York where he worked at Esquire and CBS Television before taking jobs at McAdams and Sudler & Hennessey and then starting his own firm in Bridgeport, Conn. In 1978, he joined forces with Harry Sweeney to establish Dorland Sweeney Jones. Jones helped create ads for Smith, Kline & French’s (now GlaxoSmithKline) Tagamet and produced a coffee-table format medical textbook, Atlas of Diseases of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract, for the drugmaker. “His sense of design was exquisite,” Sweeney told MM&M. Jones, who throughout his career archived medical advertising work he judged worth preserving, teamed up with John Kallir, one of the founders of KPR, to co-produce Medicine Avenue, a 40-year history of pharmaceutical advertising. Jones retired in 1992 but remained active creatively, volunteering his time to a number of non-profit groups. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Christine Guarino Jones and daughter Gwyneth. A memorial service will be held at a later date.