R. Louis Ware Obituary, 2010

R. Louis Ware

Ware, R. Louis of Evanston Illinois, formerly of Northfield, Illinois, died on November 16, 2010, at the age of 87, of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He is survived by his wife of more than 63 years, Virginia (nee Price), son Richard (Cheryel) Ware of Muskegon Michigan, daughter Virginia (Kevin) McCord of Norwell, Massachusetts, and son Griswold (Lois) Ware of Winnetka, Illinois. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Kevin, Megan, Annie McCord; Richard, Jr, and Michael Ware; Helen, Charlie and George Ware. Louie, as he was known, was born in Miami Arizona in 1923. Thereafter he lived in Chile, California and New York before settling in Chicago in 1936. An outstanding diver in high school, he graduated from New Trier High School, Class of 1941. He was a freshman at Purdue when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Louie served in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations, flying more than 320 missions in C-46s and C-47s, including several missions over the Himalayas or the “Hump.” He returned home and married Virginia on New Years Eve, 1946. Louie attended and graduated from Northwestern University in 1950 with a degree in Engineering. He began his career as a salesman working for International Minerals & Chemicals before moving to consulting with A.T. Kearney, Cresap McCormick and product development with Illinois Tool Works. In 1967 he started his own company, Growth Systems, Inc., designing a variety of equipment for growing and displaying plants. In the years he ran Growth Systems Louie patented a number of developments in plant growth equipment and hydroponics. Among his projects with Growth Systems, Louie was able to combine his love of space study with his work when he partnered with NASA in the 1970s to study plant growth in space. His work for Growth Systems evolved into development of Window Into Science, a hydroponic growth and display system used by schools and universities throughout the United States. In his later years he was fortunate enough to travel and re-visit Mara-Elena in Chile where he lived as a boy and the airfields in China where he served as a pilot in WWII. Louie participated in life: he loved skiing, surfing (in his younger years), diving and was an avid tennis player. Louie held deep interests in weather, aviation, space and science, enjoying the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and Tom Skilling. He tempered those serious topics with his love of Laurel and Hardy, the Marx Brothers and Mike Royko. Louie will be remembered for his smile, humor, good nature, integrity and sense of fair play. More than anything, though, he adored his wife, children and grandchildren and the time he was able to spend with them. There will be a memorial service at 4:00 pm on December 3, 2010 at the Winnetka Congregational Church, 725 Pine Street, Winnetka Illinois, 60093. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to any of the following: the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station P.O. Box 780, New York, NY 10008-0780, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, Midwest Palliative & Hospice CareCenter, 2050 Claire Court, Glenview, IL 60025 or the Winnetka Congregational Church.


 Source:  Published in Evanston Review from November 25 to December 1, 2010

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