Obituaries

Jonathan Westervelt Warner

 Jonathan (Jack) Westervelt Warner, foremost industrialist and philanthropist in Alabama history, died at his home in Tuscaloosa, February 18, five months shy of his 100th birthday.

Memorial services were held in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa February 25.

Warner was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Butler Warner; son David T. Warner; parents Mildred Westervelt and Herbert D. Warner; and siblings H. David Warner Jr. and Joan Warner VanZele.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Susan G.A. Warner; sister Helene Hibbard; son Jonathan Westervelt Warner Jr.; grandchildren Cade, Westervelt and Hannah Warner; and step-sons Patrick and P.J. Austin.

In addition to being known for his industrial acumen and philanthropy, he was also a prominent, well-known art collector. Jack and Susan married after an 18-year friendship, as a result of years of shared enthusiasm for American art as well as the University of Alabama. Having assembled an illustrious collection of American art in Tuscaloosa, Susan helped Jack advance the Westervelt-Warner Museum of American Art, rendering him and his collection accessible to thousands of children and adult visitors throughout Alabama and beyond from 2003 until the museum’s closing in 2012. Jack is also known for his support of many living artists, including Evan Wilson, Eric McDonald, Felix Kelly, Quong Ho, Morgan Samual Price, Nall and England’s premiere wildlife painter, Basil Ede, whom Jack commissioned in 1975 to paint a life-size collection of 100 Wild Birds of North America.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of West Alabama or to the Warner Foundation which is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Commodore through Jack and Susan Warner Awards for Scholarship in American Art and History.

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