John T. "Jack" Warren
John T. “Jack” Warren, Manhattan businessman, scholar, and musician, died after a brief illness Wednesday, October 5, in his room at Meadowlark Hills.
Jack was born in Evanston, Illinois, on October 6, 1931; his parents were Edward D. and Alma (Barber) Warren. Alice M. Stockwell, his wife of 33 years, died February 5, 2015. Survivors include his sister, Barbara Warren Penner, Pasadena, California; two nephews, William Penner and George Penner; several cousins; and a very long list of friends and admirers.
Jack grew up in Beatrice, NE, where his father headed the regional operations of Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America. He was a member of the Beatrice High School class of 1949. At the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, where his lifelong membership in Delta Tau Delta began, he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1954), and an M.A. in Physics (1963). He received a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1971).
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Jack served 2 years of active duty in the United States Air Force, retiring with the rank of Captain. He then worked as a sales engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA, and as Assistant City Engineer for the Beatrice, NE, Board of Public Works. From 1958 through 1972, Jack worked as an instructor and administrator at colleges and universities in Nebraska and Illinois.
After completing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration, he served as Vice President of Educational Research for Bell & Howell Schools in Chicago (1972 - 75) and Director of Institutional Research, Kennedy-King Campus, Chicago City Colleges (1975-1978).
From 1979 until shortly before his passing, Jack served as Partner and Broker in the Manhattan firm of Stockwell Real Estate. A life-long learner, he began taking courses in finance and economics, completing the Ph.D. in Economics at Kansas State University in 1997 – at the age of 66 – working with Professor James Ragan. Jack’s skills as a teacher, his knowledge of mathematics, and his eagerness to work with colleagues made him especially popular with faculty members and fellow graduate students in Waters Hall.
His published research includes scholarly articles in both higher education and economics. In the later field, he concentrated on human resource issues – combining his expertise in both education and economics – as well as government regulation of business.
Jack’s favorite hobbies involved music. He played in school bands, dance bands, small groups – whatever opportunities presented themselves – well into his 80's, and he continued taking lessons on both brass and woodwinds nearly all his life. In addition to trumpet and flugelhorn, he was a proficient performer on clarinet and just about any saxophone.
Jack also sang in church choirs, and for years he was a member the Manhattan chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Whatever the venue, whether his instrument or his voice was needed, Jack was there.
Jack’s relatives, colleagues, and everyone else who ever crossed his path will always remember his unquenchable exuberance, his uncanny memory of words to obscure songs, his intense interest the accomplishments of friends and their families, and how he dropped whatever he might be doing to assist us or to make music with us. He will be missed.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 29th, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, 481 Zeandale Road, Manhattan, KS 66502. Private inurnment with military honors will be in Sunset Cemetery, Manhattan, KS.
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Memorials in Jack’s honor have been established at his church, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan, and the Good Samaritan Fund at Meadowlark Hills. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66502.