Awarded to an alumnus or alumna whose selfless and caring work and deeds benefit society and humankind.
Author, advertising executive and conservationist, Turk Jones is internationally acclaimed for his work in land reclamation. At Bucknell, he majored in the A.B. Course and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. A student leader, he worked on L'Agenda and Belle Hop. After graduating, he pursued a successful career in advertising. A love for the outdoors combined with a technical expertise learned in the biological sciences while at Bucknell shifted his interests into the field of correcting the ravages of strip mining in his native state of Pennsylvania. As a creative scientist and concerned ecologist before natural conservation reached the national consciousness, he pioneered solutions to the major problems of reforestation. He has received awards as the Outstanding Conservationist of Pennsylvania, been cited with top awards by the American Forestry Association, the Soil and Water Conservation Service, and the Pennsylvania Forestry Association. But his greatest tribute lies in the fact that he is directly responsible for enriching the natural lands of Pennsylvania through the planting of over 36 million trees on land previously considered barren. His international reputation and stature notwithstanding, Turk Jones has served Bucknell as president of the Bellefonte Alumni Club. His wife, the former Sarah Bailey, is a member of the Class of 1930. Two of their daughters have attended Bucknell as well as three of his brothers.