Remembrances

From his time at the University of Wisconsin creating student health interviews, to his work at Beth Israel and Harvard Medical School innovating the way patients interact with their doctors, Warner has touched the lives of thousands of people. Below you can read the hundreds of comments that people have already left for Warner or view the archived news stories about Warner with the button above. And if you haven't already, we invite you to leave your memories of Warner.

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On June 15th. the University of Chicago -- one of our most selective, prestigious universities -- announced it would no longer require SAT scores with an application for admission. 'SAT or ACT optional' a decade's long campaign for Warner and many others. Bill Hiss, perhaps the national leader from admissions experience and research, describes Chicago's move feeling 'as if a major ice floe from Antarctica just fell into the ocean.' He sent thanks for Warner, for his years of interest and support.

To Warner and Carolyn----My thoughts are always with you and wish you all the best . the place is not the same without you so hurry up and come back to us at Lasell. I think of you walking together hand in hand and seeming to be so happy. MUch love Mary Black

Warner, I met Charlie Safran in 1990, and through working as a data gatherer and entry clerk I was eventually posted as a research assistant and project coordinator at the CCC. Working with you was an experience that brought together so many disparate parts of my experience while also springing me into new possibilities. I always appreciated that you got to know the people that contributed to your efforts; you certainly conveyed your support for your employees while seeing them as an entire person. I recall talking with you one time about a capella and voice and chorus groups, and your expressing that you believed that certain pursuits we engage in are fundamentally important (even if they might seem like hobbies). When I was working with you I was humbled by you and the research fellows of Harvard Med that I met and worked with at the CCC; but the office was like a family and that was an accomplishment of your doing and showed the benign influence of your personality. I have not seen you much over the intervening years, but your influence on me has never diminished in any way, and I was so touched that you were present at the celebration of my mother’s life since you were an incredibly important figure in Emily (Mom’s) life. Take good care and know that I and others you have graced with your sense of humor and broad smile are sending you the best vibes and warm wishes. G-d bless, Jason E. Boro, Esq., M.A.

Dear Carolyn and Warner, We are missing you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you everyday. At Sunday brunch, I was looking for Warner’s smiling face. Your presence at the Village offered welcome with medical support and like ‘knit-wits’ gentle gestures of love and concern. With our love, Susan and Dave

Dear Warner, Belated Happy Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day & hope each day brings joy of knowing that you are loved by everybody who have known you! Best wishes to you & Caroline,Sushi

Warner, We first met in 1976 when I came to the lab to interview for a programming position. I had just read an article in Psychology Today regarding experiments with computer assisted soliloquy conducted by you and your brother. I was intrigued by the article and was delighted when you hired me. Thus began forty years working together and with others to develop health promotion interactive programs and to study patient computer interaction. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you, Warner and to have you as a dear friend. You possess the unique combination of intelligence, kindness, dedication, generosity, and humor. I learned so much from you, not only how to write interactive programs that are engaging as well as informative, but more importantly the best way to live one’s life. I am saddened by your illness and hope you can return home soon. With much love, Holly

Dear Warner and Carolyn, I think of you both every day and send heartfelt wishes for your recovery. I miss seeing you walking hand in hand down the linkway; miss your smiles; miss your kindness to all. With all love, Carol

Dear Warner, I am among the many who miss your touch of kindness in the Village. My thoughts and love are with you and Carolyn through this difficult time. Shirley

Warner: Best wishes for you and Carolyn with the hope of a prompt recovery of your illness. I allways remenber our meetings in Boston and your visit to Rio and I am always thinking of a new one in the future. 'Um abraço' from your brazilian friend Lobo

As academic physicians we have affected the lives of hundreds of trainees and colleagues as well as thousands of patients. None of us who know Warner well are at all surprised by the huge outpouring of affection and respect for such a superbly gifted physician scientist and committed humanist. After an encounter with him, I am certain many others have thought, as have I, 'Warner is the epitome of the best BIH tradition. I will try to be as accomplished as he is.'

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