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UVa mourns passing of John Paul Jones
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UVa mourns passing of John Paul Jones

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Former UVa President John Casteen (from left), former athletic director Craig Littlepage and John Paul Jones interact in a 2006 ceremony during the opening of the school’s basketball arena named after Jones.

John Paul "Jack" Jones, for whom the University of Virginia basketball arena is named, has died at age 100.

Jones was a 1948 graduate of UVa's law school who later was the publisher of the Memphis Daily News, among other pursuits.

"He was beloved by many and he loved the 'Hoos," UVa athletic director Carla Williams said in a press release.

"I'll never forget the pure joy I saw in him for UVa and our men's basketball program at the Final Four."

John Paul Jones Arena opened Nov. 12, 2006, after his son, Paul Tudor Jones, donated $35 million — the lead gift — in his father's name.

"He always had that special twinkle in his eyes," UVa administrator and former basketball star Barry Parkhill said.

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