Thornton Marshall Ware (1866 – 1912)

“Thornton Marshall Ware died on Dec. 28, 1912, of heart disease, at Cambridge, after a few days illness.  He was born April 27, 1866, at Fitchburg, son of Thornton K. Ware,’42 and Lucy A.A. Marshall.  He was deformed physically from birth, and during youth was confined to the house by hip disease and spinal trouble.  He was never strong enough to attend school, but studied with private tutors in Fitchburg and later in Cambridge.  In 1895 he entered Harvard College as a special student, and with  an interruption of one year, was a special student in College until the fall of 1902, when he was admitted in regular standing to the Senior class (1903).  He took his A.B. degree in 1903, and received honorable mention in English and Economics.  He won a ‘Harvard College’ scholarship in1902-3, and in 1903 was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Aside from his college work Ware’s chief interest was in play-writing.  He studied under Prof. G.P. Baker of Harvard, and during his college course wrote four plays which were preformed by amateur companies in Fitchburg and Cambridge.  One of these, ‘The Revolving Wedge,’ was  published by W.H. Baker & Co., of Boston, in their series of plays, and was preformed by numerous companies.  After graduation, Ware continued his dramatic studies with Prof. Baker and became actively interested both as actor and manager in the Cambridge Dramatic Club, of which he was secretary at the time of his death.

He tried active business with his nephew G.L. Ware (’07), a Boston broker, during 1908-9, but his health was not strong enough to allow him to continue.  He was much interested in philanthropic work especially in connection with the Unitarian Church and Associated Charities in Cambridge and was a visitor for the Home Savings Society.

He was a loyal an quietly enthusiastic attendant of all class reunions and his familiar form as he pluckily kept up with the procession will be greatly missed.”

Sources:  The Harvard Graduates Magazine, Vol. 21, 1912-1913, by Thayer, Castle, Howe, Pier, DeVoto, Morrison, published by The Harvard Graduates Magazine Association, Boston, MA, pages 545-6

Fireside Legends: Incidents, Anecdotes, Reminiscences, Etc., by William Andrew Emerson, pages 35-6, (photos)

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