John H. Ware Jr.

John (Jack) H. Ware Jr. died on June 30 at his home at Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine. Jack was 90 years old.

Jack was a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover, cum laude, class of 1937. Jack was very fond of his years at Phillips Academy, whose motto, Non Sibi, means not for one’s self. Jack spent the rest of his life affirming this motto. He was of service to others until the day he died.

After Andover, Jack graduated from Yale, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1941. He enrolled in Columbia University Graduate School where he had the great fortune of meeting the love of his life, Jane Dickie, with whom he shared 65 years of marriage. Jack and Jane both served in World War II, Jane in the Navy and Coast Guard and Jack in the Army Corps of Engineers.

Following his service in the war, Jack was active as a volunteer at the New Jersey United World Federalists and later became the executive director. The organization was a global citizen’s movement working to create a new world order that could prevent another global war.

In 1950, Jack began working in various publishing ventures, where his ability as a communication expert was put to good use. For much of his career, Jack worked as an executive for Kennedy Sinclaire, an advertising and marketing firm that worked with banks and other institutions involved with trusts and planned giving.

Martha’s Vineyard was home to Jack. Growing up, Jack spent his summers on the Vineyard. Much of that time was spent at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, where he was a renowned sailor. In both 1935 and 1936, Jack was the skipper of the crew that won the Sears Cup, the national junior sailing championship. He served as fleet captain during his college years, and as commodore from 1969 to 1971.

Jack retired in 1981 and he and Jane moved to the Vineyard full time. With time on his hands, Jack began to earnestly apply the Non Sibi motto. Jack served on Tisbury’s finance committee from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1986 to 1989. He was elected to the Town of Tisbury Board of Selectman for the terms 1983 to 1986. From 1995 to 1998, he chaired the town’s Blue Ribbon committee, which was charged with finding ways to strengthen town government. He was twice the Acting Executive Director of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services; he also served on the board of directors.


Source:  The Martha’s Vineyard Times, July 16, 2009


John H. Ware Jr. — 1 Comment

  1. This man apparantly lived up to his motto “Non Sibi” by giving back as much or more to his community than he received. Good post Vicki.

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