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Robert Jones was a 1937 graduate of Dalhousie Medical School and the founder of its department of Psychiatry. Born in Digby County on 31 March 1914, he received his early education at Bridgetown and entered Dalhousie University at age 16, graduating with his BSc at 19 and his MD at 23. After completing a year of general practice, he began his training in psychiatry in 1938 at the Maudsley Hospital in London, followed by two years at Johns Hopkins as a Rockefeller Fellow.
In 1941 Dr. Jones joined the Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine as an associate professor of psychiatry. In 1949 he established the department of Psychiatry and was appointed professor and head, a post he held for 26 years. He was charter president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association and charter fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. In 1973 he was made a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and he received the Order of Canada in 1981. During his prestigious career, he was president of the Medical Society of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Psychiatric, Canadian Mental Health (Nova Scotia Division), and the Atlantic Provinces Psychiatric Association. He died on 26 August 1984.