Charles H. Ware Obituary, 2012

WARE, Charles H. 84, died Feb. 20, 2012 at Bayfront Medical Center. He is survived by his wife, Sharon V. Mayes of Palm Harbor; daughters Ellen E. Ware and Laura W. Pennington of Tampa; grandchildren Allen C. Pennington and Anna E. Pennington of Tampa; nephews Paul J. MacKnight (Sandie) of Sulphur, LA, Thomas E. MacKnight (Rhonda) of Aylett, VA, Kenneth C. MacKnight (Kim) of Calhoun, GA, and Dr. John M. MacKnight (Melissa) of Charlottesville, VA; niece Diane H. MacKnight of Arlington, VA; and cousin George W. Fischer (Janet) of Rosamond, CA. Charlie was born in the Bronx, NY on July 8, 1927. He graduated in 1945 from Tenafly High School in NJ, and in 1949 from Princeton University. After serving in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in 1952-1954, which included living a year in Japan, he received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 1952 he married the late Elizabeth B. Ware. They had two daughters and lived for 20 years in Poughkeepsie, NY, where Charlie was active many years at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and served as its President. In 1980 they moved to Tampa. They were later divorced. In 1985 he married Sharon at Mountain Lake Hotel in VA. From 1959-1974 he worked at Texaco, where he wrote a comprehensive and widely used book on research and development. He also spent a year as Visiting Professor at Columbia University and as Consultant to the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and two years as Adjunct Professor at Manhattan College. He was a popular national speaker for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers from 1968 to 1994. In 1974 Charlie formed a consulting company in research methodology and is credited with providing critical insights which enabled President Carter to decontrol the price of heavy oil, thereby increasing U.S. heavy oil production by 400,000 barrels per day. In 1982 he moved to Roanoke, VA to manage World Energy Systems (WES), a company in Rocky Mount developing new technology for economically producing heavy oil. Work at WES was suspended in 1986 due to the low price of oil. In 1986 he became Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at WV College of Graduate Studies, and Director of Chemical Research at the Science and Technology Center of Southern WV in Charleston, WV, where he remained until 1992. He then became Principal Engineer for Olin Corporation, assisting manufacturing plants in their use of statistical techniques for improving quality, production, and efficiency. After retiring from Olin in 1998, he was a consultant and Vice President for WES until his death. Charlie was also an inventor. Over the span of his career, his name was on nine patents granted for his designs in the petroleum industry. Always an optimist, in 1987 Charlie created an inspirational alternative to Murphy’s Law: “Everything turns out right when you let it.” He called the message “Charlie’s Law”. In 1999, he formed Charlie’s Law, Inc., publisher of posters, greeting cards and magnets and in 2004, published “Murphy’s Law Repealed!”. “Charlie’s Law” and ten of its corollaries are explicated in the book through personal and spiritual insights. The book continues to be life-changing for many readers. Charlie was a soft-spoken, creative man noted as much for his warmth as for his keen intellect. He was beloved and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends, and indeed, by all who knew him. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Princeton University. A Celebration of Life officiated by the Rev. Alan Rowbotham will take place at 11 am on March 7, 2012. Further details will be available at
Source:  Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 26, 2012

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