Warner Woodworth

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Warner Woodworth
Warner Woodworth


Warner Woodworth


Warner Woodworth


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Provo, UT USA
Spouse/Partner: Kaye Colvin Woodworth
Homepage: http://marriottschool.net/emp/WPW/
Occupation: Global Social Entrepreneur/BYU Professor Emeritus
Children: Micah, the triplets Kevin, Kristi, and Ryan, Doug, Erik, Julie (Mexican), Marc (Brazilian), Anne, David, More…plus 21 grandkids, so far

While at South High, I began to see the future more clearly. I vowed to never pick up a golf club so I'd have hundreds of thousands of hours to do something with a higher purpose. Eventually, I determined that my life's mission is to change the world for the better. My collaborators and I have designed and implemented nearly fifty projects to build civil society and reduce poverty. As of now, 34 of them have become NGOs that operate in approximately 40 countries. With our partners, we collectively raise some $20 million in donations and investment capital annually, train approximately 300,000 poor women, and continue growing our microentrepreneur base to more than 8 million clients worldwide.

All in all, there are too many projects and programs to mention in this summary. You may check out my vita for more details by going to my university-based link above. I've been a President, Board Chair and/or Member, and Founder of a number of For-Profit Corporations, Consulting Firms, ESOPs, Co-ops, NGOs, and MFIs over many years. Basically I’m into the work of Radical Change Agentry, Social Entrepreneurship, Problem-solving, Third World Development, Peacemaking, Youth Empowerment, Social Philanthropy, Microcredit, Worker Ownership through Cooperatives and ESOPs, Environmental Stewardship, Business Ethics, Feminism, Corporate Social Responsibility, Appropriate Technology, Sustainability, and so forth.

School Story:

From my wonderful South High education and leadership training I learned to love people around the globe, and spend my life fighting to eliminate poverty and reduce human suffering. I recall wonderful memories with the Cubs, from going to class where I learned from superb teachers, playing on the soccer team when we won the state championship, growing spiritually through seminary lessons by fantastic instructors, all the Acapella Choir concerts we performed each year as well as musicals and operettas, but I mostly recall the caring and supportive friends that have blessed my life forever.

It's been a long time since our senior year at South High. I'll never forget the influence of Principal Ralph Backman, Armont Willardson, Assistant principal Merrill Linford, Eudora Zarr, Moroni Schwab, and others. I'm also grateful for my parents, Arthur and Ruth Woodworth, especially my Mom, who encouraged me when I was despondent, who inspired me with the idea I could accomplish anything in this life, and who was often at South High when I conducted the assemblies, gave speeches, etc.

Here’s a little story: After living a year in Hawaii in the mid 1980s, we moved back to Utah and I took my whole family (8 kids living at home at the time) up to tour South High on the last day before it was being shut down. We all tumbled out of the big van, and I had them all kneel on the grass facing the school in reverence and respect as I sang (and tried to get them to sing along) the old school song. Then we toured the building, saw trophies of our victories, including my soccer team when we won the state championship in 1960.

It was wonderful to recall past memories from our days in school back in the Sixties. We then learned that the building would be refurbished and in many ways made better than it was when we all went there. After the school was upgraded and became the Salt Lake Community College/South Campus, we went back for another tour, and were amazed at how beautiful those hallowed halls had become.

After 50 years, our youngest son, Micah, lived for a year about four blocks from our high school, and walked over every other day to attend classes at the SLCC South Campus! Who would have guessed?

In 2010 it was fun for me to go back with Micah, walk through South's building, talk to SLCC staffers about how to get him enrolled, and to have a Woodworth again sitting in South High classrooms. We discovered the bench of my brother Mark’s Senior Class Gift of 1961 there in the school’s main foyer. It reminded me of his energy and enthusiasm as a South High cheerleader, and musician, among other roles he played during those years. Memories, memories….

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Feb 23, 2019 at 1:46 PM

Posted on: Feb 22, 2019 at 9:57 PM

I had fun earlier this month wandering the sacred halls of our beloved South High after presenting to a couple classes of bright SLCC students. "On South High!" Happy 2019 to all my classmates of the '60s.

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Sep 16, 2017 at 4:33 PM

Sorry to just learn of this. Many fun memories of Nelson. May his loved ones be blessed.

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Posted on: Sep 02, 2015 at 12:37 PM

Kaye and I just returned from a week in Mexico with some of our kids and grand kids, having left right after the reunion. So I'm just catching up on things, including a follow-up note to the Class of 1960. What a fun reunion for our 55th! I appreciate the hard work of our class leaders over the past year in planning and preparing everything. Thursday, the Sugarhouse Park potluck was good as we informally met, ate, and had lots of time to visit. Then the formal event on Friday at dear old South High was exceptional. An entertaining, at times hilarious, program, great food, and more visiting, made it a wonderful evening. Thanks to the core group who dedicated their services, gave of their time, money and energy to making a happy 55th. I hope you each know how much you are appreciated. Thanks, Cubs!

Jul 23, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Lookin' forward to our 55th reunion at both Sugarhouse Park & our dear old South High campus....August 20-21, 2015.

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Jul 01, 2015 at 7:09 PM

Hey, Cubs, I hope you're all planning to return in August 20 & 21 to our dear old campus, now resurrected as part of SLCC. I look forward to reconnecting with everyone & supporting our class officers as they use their time & energy to plan another wonderful set of events. Go Cubs!

Mar 18, 2015 at 8:15 PM

Thanks to Bob, Becky, Bethany and our other class of '60 leaders who have nailed the date this coming summer and are planning the reunion. I hope my schedule will include my being in the U.S. to enjoy seeing everyone and catching up on your lives. On South High!

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Jan 03, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Posted on: Jan 02, 2015 at 9:38 PM

Hi Warner, I saw your comment on Lorraine Cracroft's obituary. I also saw your Christmas story in the "Deseret News" - "Lesson of a Little Doll", which I read with interest. Thanks for sharing. Hope all is going fine with you & family.
Cheerio for now. Chari Rishton Engle

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Oct 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Bob, we appreciate your work as class president to keep our history and memories alive.

Oct 24, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Thanks for the updates, Becky. South High will never forget you!

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Kaye peeking out from southern palm tree
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Micah and Warner in January 2010 in front of the old cement blocks with the original school name in big engraved letters, plus the South High Alumni Honor Roll plaque
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Warner in front of the refurbished SLCC South Campus January 2010
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The Woodworth Clan a Couple of Years Ago
Posted: Sep 09, 2014 at 1:49 PM
Here's the Woodworth tribe in 2014, having grown from 16 a decade ago to 31 in early 2014, with 2 spouses pregnant in this photo. So we'd now actually have 33. But it still would leave out 9 of our family who couldn't attend the latest tribal gathering. Spread around the earth, we'll probably never have 100% of our posterity to any future family rendezvous.