Mathematician has been a member of the faculty since 1980 and department head since 2004.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, at the MIT Chapel for Robert E. Jones, professor emeritus of French studies in the foreign languages and literatures section.
Jones died Saturday, June 3, at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 77.
Jones, who retired from MIT in 1985, was the author of several books, including "The Alienated Hero in Modern French Drama," "Gerard de Nerval" and "Botticelli's Face." Raised in New York, he studied at Columbia University and the Sorbonne and had taught at Penn State.
He is survived by his spouse, James W. Ryan of Boston, and a brother, Thomas Jones of Nashville, Tenn.
Donations may be made to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 350 S. Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.