Pauline B. Ware was a westerner who learned about Warren Wilson College through a college recruiter and then from a former Warren Wilson student from Casper, Wyo. Upon her passing Oct. 25 in Cheyenne, Ware and her late husband, the Rev. Robert J. Ware, left the college bequests totaling nearly $1 million – among the largest individual gifts in Warren Wilson history.
The gifts will be directed toward the college’s general endowment, according to the Wares’ wishes.
Ware, born on her family’s farm in Parkville, Mo., in 1917, was keenly interested in the Warren Wilson College Farm as part of the college’s Presbyterian heritage. She and her husband began giving to the college’s annual fund more than a quarter century ago.
After her graduation from what was then Park College, Pauline Ware continued her education at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She married Robert Ware in 1939 in Philadelphia, and led numerous youth groups and hand bell choirs through her husband’s ministry. The Rev. Ware, who died in 2008, served Presbyterian churches mostly in Nebraska and Wyoming.