Richard Lewis Warren

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Richard Lewis Warren, of Los Osos, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at the age of 89. Dick was born in Ashland, Wisconsin, to Claude and Mary Warren. He completed his World War II service in the Navy in 1945-1946, and graduated from Harvard University in 1947. He married his true love, Ethel, in 1948. He earned a Ph.D. in educational anthropology from Stanford University in 1966. Dick began a life-long career as a teacher, first at Webb School, in Tennessee, and then at Indian Springs School near Birmingham, Alabama, where he taught high school social studies from 1952-1962. He was active in the civil rights movement in Birmingham during these difficult times, promoting interracial contact and understanding at the school and in his church. As a professor, administrator, mentor and friend in education departments at the University of Kentucky (1970-1979) and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1979-1997), Dick was committed to the practical application of academic knowledge to the challenges of teaching in the field. After retiring from Cal Poly in 1997, Dick worked tirelessly to serve the homeless in San Luis Obispo County. He was instrumental in establishing the church's homeless shelter overflow program and the Prado Day Center. A regular jogger as a Cal Poly professor, in retirement Dick loved working with coaches to perfect his technique in the high jump, long jump, and low hurdles, earning medals at master's track events into his 80's. He loved being a grandfather, a source of strength and support to his two children, and always the loving and admiring husband of his wife, Ethel. He had a rich and rewarding life and will be missed by all. Dick is survived by his wife Ethel; daughter Deborah (husband Jim Schwarz); son Dick, Jr. (wife Helen Palladino); grandchildren Max Schwarz, Annie Warren and Daniel Warren; and sisters Jean Larson and Jane Atterbury. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in San Luis Obispo, followed by burial of ashes in St. Stephen's Memorial Garden and reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, Dick would greatly appreciate donations to Friends of Prado Day Center,, PO Box 1244, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406; or St. Stephen's Parish Council Outreach Program, 1344 Nipomo St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on Nov. 8, 2013
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