Michael T Jones
Public Orator, Dr Peter Lewis, presented the Honorary Graduand at the Degree Ceremony held on Monday 14 July at 3.00pm.
Born in Loughborough in World War II, Mike worked as an architectural draftsmen at Hathernware, then at Herbert Morris as a Engineering Crane Designer, then 17 years at Hawker Siddely Power Engineering. In his youth he won high local athletics awards, played football for Toothill Rangers and Loughborough United - one spectator, Marje, was sufficiently impressed, she married him! He doesn't play football now!
But it is in Local Government Mike has dedicated his life. His is a household name.
Behind this Official List of achievements lies the fact he's an effective, compassionate Ward Councillor, always gaining the highest vote of any in Elections. It transcends party political boundaries. They're testimony to a man who holds the respect of countless people, not because of Office, but because he has the gift of being a mediator, an enabler for those who find words difficult or who may be overwhelmed by authority - the vulnerable and the dispossessed.
Mike is what the old Icelandic Saga would have called a 'peaceweaver'. He would not claim to be able to cure all ills. His ambition lies in helping individuals appreciate each other and work together, even when they are not and never will be in complete agreement, a man who ensures disputes don't have to bitter or violent. He is a true servant of the public, who has worked on behalf of what many come to discover, through his patient integrity and good humour, may actually be the 'common good'.
Therefore, Chancellor, in recognition of a man who has contributed so much to Loughborough and Charnwood, exemplified distinguished citizenship, and who can honourably be described as a true 'peace weaver', I present to you and the whole Congregation Michael Thomas Jones, for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts, Honoris Causa.
H.D.McCullam@lboro.ac.uk, July 2003
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