George Ware Sr. (1903 – 1984)

“George Ware, Sr. was born in Belen, Mississippi in 1903.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1924 with a degree in agriculture and received a master’s degree in horticulture and rural economics from Cornell University in 1935.  He served as assistant county agent in Jefferson County, Arkansas, and later as county agent for Jackson County, Arkansas.  From 1927 to 1943 he was superintendent of the new Fruit and Truck Branch Experiment Station (later renamed the Southwest Arkansas Branch Experiment Station), Hope, Arkansas.  He left in 1943 to become agricultural and educational advisor in the American Zone of Germany.  After World War II, Ware served as food and agriculture officer for the U.S. Army and then spent fifteen years working for the federal government in the State, Agriculture and Defense Departments as agricultural educator. He was stationed in Europe, South America, and Asia.  After returning to the United States in 1959, Ware served as director of the Museum of Fine Arts, in Little Rock, Arkansas, until 1961, when he joined the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and continued serving on special overseas missions.  After his retirement in 1965, Ware remained in Arlington, Virginia, where he was active in community affairs.  He was a member of various community groups such as the Arlington National Association of Retired Persons.  He also acted as a retirement consultant for a New York counseling firm and was a member of the American Society of Appraisers in art and personal property.

Ware became interested in porcelain as a hobby while he was serving as director of the University of Arkansas Horticulture Experiment Station and over the years became an ardent collector and internationally known authority on antique porcelain and ceramics.  Ware’s collections have been exhibited in Memphis, Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas, Nashville, and New York galleries.  Dorothy and George Ware made substantial gifts to the Smithsonian, Tennessee Fine Arts Center, Cornell, University, University of Arkansas, and other museums.

Ware was a versatile writer covering a wide range of topics.  he wrote several books and numerous publications on froeign agricultural institutions and practices.  These monographs are: ‘Southern Vegetable Crops (1937),’ ‘German and Austrian Porcelain (1952),’ ‘Raising Vegetables (1959),’ and ‘Producing Vegetable Crops (1968 and 1977).’  Ware also published ‘The New Guide to Happy Retirement’ in 1968, and ‘The latest Guide to Happy Retirement’ in 1984.  George W.Ware, Sr., died in 1984.

Source: Papers of George W. Ware Sr., University of Arkansas Libraries, Special Collections, on-line

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