Jones earned a J.D. degree from Emory University. He then worked at Emory from 1946 to 1960, first as an assistant professor of political science, and later dean of administration and a vice president.
Jones served as president of numerous philanthropic organizations in Atlanta. These included the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Foundation and the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (from 1964 to 1988), and the Joseph B. Whitehead, Lettie Pate Whitehead and Lettie Pate Evans foundations (from 1972 to 1988).
The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, and the Boisfeuillet Jones Center (which houses some of Emory's administrative offices, including the Office of Financial Aid and the Career Center), are both named in honor of Jones.
Jones was the son of Frederick R. Jones (1874-1941) and Clare T. Boisfeuillet (1885-1981). He married Anne Baynon Register and had two children. His daughter is Laura Jones Hardman. His son, Boisfeuillet Jones, Jr., is former Vice Chairman of The Washington Post Company.
- "Boisfeuillet Jones, 88, Educator And President of Philanthropies". The New York Times. July 20, 2001. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
- "About the History of The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center". Atlanta Civic Center. Retrieved January 28, 2013.