Tuscaloosa philanthropist, businessman Jack Warner dies at 99

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TUSCALOOSA (AL.com) Tuscaloosa philanthropist and businessman Jack Warner died early Saturday morning, his wife confirmed to the Tuscaloosa News. He was 99.

Warner served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Gulf States Paper Corp. for nearly 50 years. He gave to many groups including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Culver Military Academy, Washington and Lee University, the First Presbyterian Church, the United Way, and the City of Tuscaloosa.

University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell issued this statement after learning Warner's death:

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Jack Warner beside one of the George Washington portraits on loan to the Birmingham Museum in this 2006 file photo. (Rick Zerby)
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on February 18, 2017 at 6:20 PM

Tuscaloosa philanthropist and businessman Jack Warner died early Saturday morning, his wife confirmed to the Tuscaloosa News. He was 99.

Warner served as the chairman and chief executive officer of Gulf States Paper Corp. for nearly 50 years. He gave to many groups including the University of Alabama, Auburn University, Culver Military Academy, Washington and Lee University, the First Presbyterian Church, the United Way, and the City of Tuscaloosa.

University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell issued this statement after learning Warner's death:
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"We have all lost a legend. Throughout his long and distinguished life, Jack Warner has been a generous benefactor in this community, across the nation and here at The University of Alabama. His generosity was surpassed only by his devotion to his passions and his steadfast friendship. When Mr. Warner made a substantial donation to furnish and restore the President's Mansion in 1996, he said, "Any truly great university should have a gem that lifts the soul above the clouds." Today, Jack Warner's soul has been lifted above the clouds. He will be missed by all of us."

Warner was a great collector of American art. In 2010, he received the Frederic Edwin Church award for assembling one of the greatest private collections of American art, including hundreds of paintings, furniture, and decorative art objects representing masterpieces of American art from the 18th century through the early decades of the 20th century.

He was also recognized in 2011 by the naming of the newly opened Jack and Susan Warner Hudson River Gallery in the Metropolitan Museum of American Art in New York City.



 
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