A Tribute to Gordon R. Jones

The Gordon Jones Scholarship Fund


The Gordon Jones Scholarship Fund enables The Odyssey School to provide financial assistance to students who, otherwise, simply could not attend. This fund allows more children to go to school in a place where they will never feel that anxiety that Gordon dealt with throughout his life.

It was Gordon’s strongest belief that an Odyssey education changes lives.

What begins here changes everything.

He wanted nothing to stand in the way of a student’s opportunity to enroll.

More About Gordon Jones

Gordon Jones was a man who did all the good he could do, and did so with passion, resilience, and boundless determination.
When Gordon found his way to The Odyssey School he felt, as he described, broken. He spent the first 40 years of his life labeled as unmotivated, unworthy, and insignificant. It was not until he was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 40 that he understood why he struggled so. In Odyssey, he saw a school where children, dealing with the same issues he unknowingly battled in his own childhood, could be known, valued, and understood. He saw a school where there was no different, no less than. All were worthy.
Gordon joined the Board of The Odyssey School in 1994 and remained a Trustee for 18 years. He inspired the Board and the entire community, speaking eloquently about the struggles and pain that learning differences could bring. Sharing his personal journey, he moved others to give their time, energy, and treasure to the School. Most importantly of all, Gordon had vision. He wanted more kids to have access to the safe haven he knew Odyssey to be- to attend a school that feels like home with people who feel like family.
Gordon served Odyssey faithfully, leaning on his significant land development skills, as well as his fundraising skills, to secure the land on which Odyssey now sits. He pored over endless sets of blueprints until it was just right, and he spent each and every day overseeing the construction of the School he knew would accommodate more children.
In all conversations, Gordon would remind us to “think of the child.” Every decision made, every dollar spent, every brick laid, had the interests of our students at the forefront. Odyssey would never stray from our beginnings- a school in a home, built with the grit and perseverance of our founding families.
We are so glad that Odyssey and Gordon found each other, and so proud to have called him a friend for so many years. We thank Gordon Jones for what we have, and what we are.

Gifts to the Gordon Jones Scholarship Fund may be made online HERE. Please note Gordon Jones in the “in memory of” field. You may also mail contributions to:


The Odyssey School
Attn: Development Office
3257 Bridle Ridge Lane
Lutherville, MD 21093


If you have any questions or would like to discuss a multi-year commitment to the fund, please contact Laurie TerBeek, Director of Development, at lterbeek@theodysseyschool.org or 410-580-5551.

Thank you for considering honoring Gordon’s legacy in this most meaningful way.