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Richard C., Ed.D., exercise physiologist, died on Feb. 14, 2013, at age 87. He was prominent in sports medicine organizations, serving as a founder and first president of the Greater New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was named a Fellow in the national ACSM and recognized for 50 years of active membership in 2012. Also a founder of the Association for Worksite Health Promotion, he edited its nationally circulated health and fitness newsletter "Action" for six years.
Dr. Warner had prominent positions with several corporations. He was Director of Exxon Corporation's Fitness Laboratory at its headquarters in New York City, 1976-83 and was Director of the Equitable Assurance Fitness Facility in New York City, 1983-84. He served as a consultant testing employees at companies such as Merck, Johnson & Johnson, HBO and NYNEX. More recently he served as Exercise Physiologist at Vascular Diagnostics, Flushing, NY, supervising exercise stress tests for many years.
Dr. Warner was born in Chicago, IL, Jan. 16, 1926 to Charles Warner and Ethel Shults Warner and grew up in Dayton, OH.
He served in the U.S. Navy 1944-48 during which time he attended the Navy's engineering program at Bucknell College and trained in the Navy Air Cadet Corps. After discharge, he attended college earning a BA in social work and physical education from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, OH in 1949, and an MA in social work and community organization from Springfield College, Springfield, MA in 1950. He later earned an Ed.D. in applied physiology from Columbia University Teachers College in 1976.
Dr. Warner held several positions with the YMCA earlier in his career serving as Physical Education Director at the YMCA of North Canton, OH, 1950-53; as Camp Director for the YMCA of Springfield, MA. 1953-55; as Physical Education Director at the YMCA of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, 1955-62; and as Physical Education Director for the West Side Branch of the Greater New York YMCA, 1962-69. He was named YMCA Physical Education Director of the Year twice-while in Ohio in 1960 and in New York in 1965. After going into corporate fitness in 1976, he served as a volunteer at the West Side YMCA leading post cardiac exercise classes and serving on the Health Fitness and Member Services Committees. He was honored by the YMCA of Greater New York in 1997 with the Volunteer of the Year Award for more than 20 years of volunteer service to the West Side YMCA. Throughout his life he promoted health and fitness and was active in tennis, swimming, running and ice skating.
Dr. Warner is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne Rathbun Warner, originally from near Toledo, OH, whom he met at Heidelberg University. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 11:30 AM at the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly, 55 Magnolia Ave., Tenafly, NJ.
Published in The Record on Feb. 20, 2013
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