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WARNER John Louis passed away on May 30, 2014, at his home in Richmond, Kentucky, at the age of 77. He was born December 30, 1936, in Detroit, Michigan, to Eugene and Alice Warner, and attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit. He earned his undergraduate degree in history and literature from Harvard University, his Master's in linguistics from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. Over the years, John taught English, linguistics, cognitive science, computer programming, and filmmaking at institutions including: the University of Minnesota, Georgetown College in Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. John specialized in Artificial Intelligence, and gave lectures in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and at Vassar College. John and his wife, Kerstin Warner, traveled widely in Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. They befriended dozens of international students over the years, providing them with a home away from home, countless meals, and visited them in their native countries whenever possible. He was active with the Madison County Citizens Against Nuclear War, and lobbied in Washington, DC, in favor of sustaining Pell Grants for college students. John's life was infused with humor, and he was known for his clever wit. John is survived by his wife, Kerstin Warner, his daughters, Elizabeth Warner, of Silver Spring, Maryland; Kerstin Warner Rao, of Westport, Connecticut; and Sarah Warner Lister, of Lexington, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Sofia, Thomas, and Charlie; and his sister, Alice Gajewski, and his brother, Richard Warner. John was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Edward Warner. The family will pay tribute to his memory in private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in John's name to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, 1300 Sports Center Drive, Lexington, KY 40502, www.rmhclexington.com. Donations can also be made to the charity in Boston where John volunteered as an undergraduate student: The Philips Brooks House, 1 Harvard Bus Tunnel, Cambridge, MA 02138, www.pbha.org.
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on June 8, 2014
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