1991 Kenneth A. Jonsson, the honoree’s son, The Jonsson Foundation, and an anonymous donor provided funds to name the National Academy of Sciences’ conference facility in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the J. Erik Jonsson Center.
During my tenure as president of RPI (1988–1993), I often visited Erik in Dallas and was struck by the regard and affection the citizens of that city showed for him as we moved about the town. He also visited the campus in Troy, New York, occasionally. After every encounter with him, I came away with a new idea or challenge; his energy and insight remained strong until the end.
Erik Jonsson’s life, filled with achievements and generosity, inspired many around him. He constantly urged others to reach for more challenging goals and visionary plans than they might otherwise have considered.
Erik Jonsson is survived by his sons Kenneth Jonsson of Santa Monica, California, and Philip Jonsson of Dallas, Texas, and a daughter, Margaret Jonsson Rogers of Dallas, Texas.