Highly regarded scientist, food and wine expert and educator Joie Pierce Jones died June 23 after years of failing health. He was 72.
A memorial service will be held for the longtime Laguna Beach resident later this year, date and location to be announced.
"He was a special man," said Becky Jones, his wife of 48 years. "He will be missed."
The Joneses moved to Laguna Beach in 1977 when he was appointed professor of radiological sciences at UC Irvine.
"He knew he wanted to live in Laguna," said his wife. "He had a good friend and colleague whom he had visited here. The first thing he did was show me Bird Rock and Main Beach."
While a professor at Irvine, Jones pioneered new developments in ultrasonic imaging and tissue characterization, acoustical microscopy and non-contact ultrasonic imaging. He holds multiple patents.
He was founding president of the Orange County Chapter of the Acoustical Society of America. He was also active with Laguna's Environmental Committee and gave freely of his expertise to the city on numerous occasions, particularly on the issue of telecommunications towers.