John Haines Ware 3rd (1908 – 1996)


August 29, 1908-July 29, 1996


John H. Ware, 3rd, the 1940 Wharton alumnus and long time Penn trustee, for whom Ware College House in named, died July 29 at the age of 88, after a long bout with cancer.

Mr. Ware spent the early part of his career in varied business pursuits, including running a candy factory, cabinet plant, and a movie theater among others.

In 1944 Mr. Ware founded the Penn Fuel and Gas Company, in Oxford, Pa, which he headed for 45 years, while also operating a string of weekly newspapers in Chester County and in Maryland.

From 1961 to 1984 he was also CEO of American Water Works Co in Voorhees.

After serving as burgess of Oxford, he entered the larger political arena as a senator in 1961, and from 1970 to 1975 he as a member of the US Congress, representing the Ninth Congressional District. He also was a member of the Republican National Finance Committee and chairman of the state GOP Finance Committee.

Mr. Ware received an honorary degree  from the University of Pennsylvania the 1978 Commencement where he was cited for  over fifty years’ dedication to the institution as ”class president, trustee, and an ever-interested alumnus. A Mask and Wigger, whose numerous student activities included literary societies, the arts and the student newspaper, his post-grad affiliations have been as diversified they have been copious.”

In addition to his Penn affiliations, he was on the boards of Lincoln and Widener Universities, Ursinus College, the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, West Nottingham Academy and the Elwyn Institute, as well active civic organizations including the Boy Scouts and Rotary.

Mr. Ware is survived by his wife, Marian S. Ware, sons Paul W. Ware, and JOHN H. WARE, IV, Paul W., daughters Marilyn W. Lewis, Carol W. Gates; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Ware, was a son of John H. Ware, Jr, and Clara Edwards.

U Penn Almanac vol 4,  2003








John Haines Ware 3rd (1908 – 1996) — 2 Comments

  1. I see that John Haines Ware, III is from Pennsylvania. I’m going to run an background search on him to see if I can connect to my ancestors that were from PA. Great post Ray.

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