William H. Foster Jr. ’53, of Frisco,
Texas, died on Dec. 15, 2016. He served
in the Navy. He was founder and
president of Foster Oil and Gas Co. He
belonged to Beta Theta Pi.
Henry W. Grady ’53 died on
Feb. 1. He served in the Navy during the
Korean War. He had a 45-year career in
banking. He belonged to Kappa Alpha.
Rodney F. Stock Jr. ’53, of Fernley,
Nevada, died on March 7. He served
in the Army during the Korean War.
He retired from the Reno Police
Department, where he was a detective
sargeant. He was cousin to Isaac Smith
’57, ’60L and belonged to Phi Kappa
Ciro A. Barcellona ’54, of Miami,
died on Feb. 10. At Garfield High
School, in Clifton, New Jersey, he
served as the principal and as a coach
of track and football, and he owned a
restaurant in Paramus, New Jersey. He
belonged to Delta Upsilon.
Stephen H. Johnsson ’54, of Vallejo,
California, died on Jan. 19, 2015. He
held an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He belonged to Delta
Aldo A. Modena ’54L, of Midlothian, Virginia, died on March 8. He
served in the Army during the Korean
War. He retired as president of the Flat
Top Bank in Bluefield, West Virginia.
He belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma.
Stuart A. Truslow ’54, of Atlanta,
died on Feb. 21. He served in the Air
Force and worked for Eastern Airlines.
He belonged to Phi Kappa Sigma.
Edward Cohen ’55, ’61L, of Naples,
Fla., died on Feb. 1. He served in the
Army. An attorney, business consultant
and sales representative, he spent 20
years at Edward Cohen Associates Inc.
He belonged to Zeta Beta Tau. He was
father to Jeffrey A. Cohen ’87 and David
L. Cohen ’95.
Charles H. Nowlin ’55, of Saratoga,
California, died on Dec. 14, 2016.
He worked for Oak Ridge National
Laboratory as a physicist and
mathematician, and he invented the
Pole-Zero Cancellation method of
network synthesis. He was uncle to
Christopher P. Goldsmith ’77.
Jack Warner ’ 40, Trustee Emeritus, Dies at 99
Jonathan Westervelt “Jack”
Warner ’ 40, a trustee emeritus,
died Feb. 18. He supported several
areas of W&L, including the early
1970s addition to Doremus Gym
that became known as the Warner
Center; the 1990s renovation of Lee
Chapel and Museum; the Elizabeth
and Jonathan W. Warner Scholarship; outdoor tennis facilities; and
the Annual Fund. An accomplished
swimmer who once held the school
record in the breaststroke, he belonged to the W&L Athletic Hall of Fame.
And he was one of the first alumni to be featured on W&L’s Honored Benefac-
Jack Warner was born in Illinois on July 28, 1917. He was raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where his maternal grandfather’s company, Gulf States Paper,
was based. He earned a degree in business administration from W&L. During
World War II, he served in the U.S. Army (cavalry) as a commissioned officer
with the MARS Task Force in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations.
Warner joined Gulf States Paper Corp. and was head of sales and
production before being named executive vice president in 1950, president
in 1957, and chairman of the board in 1959. In the latter two positions, he
succeeded his mother, Mildred Westervelt Warner, whose father, Herbert E.
Westervelt, had invented a machine to produce folding, square-bottomed
grocery bags. Warner expanded Gulf States Paper to a diversified company
with operations across five states. He stepped down as chairman in 1994 to
make way for his son, Jonathan Westervelt Warner Jr. ’67. The elder Warner
remained a consultant.
Warner served as an officer or director of multiple commercial, banking,
civic and philanthropic organizations, including president and board chairman of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Alabama Great
Southern Railway Co., and chairman of the board of the Alabama Council on
Warner served on the W&L Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1980 and in
1983. He left the board in 1983 to protest the growing momentum to admit
women. Less than 20 years later, however, he announced that he’d had a
change of heart and presented the university with $1 million to fund scholarships primarily for women.
Warner amassed an impressive private collection of American art that
included paintings, furniture and decorative objects. He received the Frederic
Edwin Church Award in 2010 for his collection, part of which was displayed
at his Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art from 2002 until 2011.
The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art now houses the Westervelt Collection. In
2012, the Jack and Susan Warner Gallery, featuring works of the Hudson River
School, opened in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Warner had a soft spot for paintings of George Washington, and he gave
his alma mater the William Winstanley portrait of Washington that now
hangs in Leyburn Library. He also served as the honorary chair of the univer-
sity’s 250th anniversary celebration.
Jack Warner was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Butler
Warner; his son, David T. Warner; his parents; and two siblings, H. David
Warner Jr. and Joan Warner VanZele. He is survived by his wife, Susan G.A.
Warner; his sister, Helene Hibbard; his son, Jon Warner Jr. ’67; three grandchildren; and two stepsons.