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July 18, 2018

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July 20, 2017
The first course I took with Dr. Ware was "Major British Figures" (in my attempt to move from post-baccalaureate to graduate study). Such a broad catalog description for a course might seem scattershot, even to a generalist, but Dr. Ware's focus on the English Romantics was as precise as a laser beam. His analyses of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron and Shelley were not limited to the living age of the poets: he detailed the genealogy of the Romantics' subsequent influence on other, later poets.
Dr. Ware's eclectic tastes and wide-ranging knowledge also brought politics, economics, and philosophy to bear on the poets and their ideas. Many who knew Dr. Ware would comment on his rich baritone and his gentlemanly dress. He was kind and unfailingly polite, but Tom Ware was much better than any gentleman: In the best Socratic tradition, Dr. Ware would debate with anyone--student or colleague--on the merits of American League baseball compared to National League regulations (e.g., the designated hitter rule). He held opinions, not dogmatically, but as protean interpretations subject to arguments of others. He was as much like a jazz musician, as a gentleman.
Above all else, Dr. Ware loved his wife, his friends, and the life of the mind. I know he's somewhere--discussing practically anything--with George Moore, Sylvia Plath, and Bertrand Russell. Who could ask for better company? Who could ask for a better teacher than Dr. Ware?
July 20, 2017
I was saddened to read of Dr. Ware's passing. To this day, I trace my love of Byron, Shelley, and Keats to him. Dr. Ware wisely advised me and gave me direction in my master's thesis, another experience that I still treasure after all these years. My prayers will be with the family in days to come.
July 19, 2017
What a bright, loving, engaging, and tremendous man. His legacy is one of insight, compassion, and teaching in its truest sense. I am grateful to have crossed his path in both my youth and my middle age and to have absorbed just a bit of his love and passion for learning and teaching. Love to him eternally.
July 18, 2017
DR. Ware did something good and very kind for me. In Dec 1988 I was planning to graduate and discovered I was missing one class. I went to him with tears in my eyes and he had such compassion. I asked him to substitute 6 hours of British Literature for 3 hours of Asian Literature. He wrote a letter for me so I could and I was forever thankful. God bless his family.