Warner Woodworth

Profile Updated: April 22, 2020
Warner Woodworth
Warner Woodworth

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Warner Woodworth

Now

Warner Woodworth

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Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Provo, UT USA
Spouse/Partner: Kaye Colvin Woodworth
Homepage: warnerwoodworth.com
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 25 grandkids, so far
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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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Apr 25, 2020 at 1:11 AM

Thanks Warner and Kaye for reaching out to our class. Yes, this is definitely a time we never expected or wished! We are still hoping to have our 60th reunion on Aug. 28, 2020 at our old South High! Our committee has not been able to formalize any plans, but as soon as we are allowed to gather together, we will start getting plans together and let you all know. I am taking advantage of the extra time and scanning old photos that I inherited years ago from my mother. I have many photos of my deceased relatives. My goal is to scan the pictures and post on family search and then hopefully find some of the living relatives and return the original photos to them. It is a long process. At the end of the day, I feel like I have accomplished something that has been on my mind for way too long! We are staying well and only seeing our family from a distance. Our grandkids have dropped off some treats and waved to us. Our daughter went around to our house and the houses of our grandchildren (those that live near us) a few days ago. This is the picture our daughter took of my husband, our son and me! Stay well! Hope to see everyone in August! Bethany Anderson Stewart

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Apr 22, 2020 at 10:33 PM

Hey, Gayland, sorry I'm only seeing the note about your big B-day now. But still wishing you the very best!

Apr 22, 2020 at 10:32 PM

Hey, old friend, belatedly I hope you had a good one! I worry about those who are aging among us, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. Hope you and everyone else are all safe.

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Apr 02, 2020 at 2:35 PM

Posted on: Apr 01, 2020 at 9:28 PM

Dear South High Cubs, Class of 1960. I’ve been thinking a lot about you and the wonderful years we shared 1957-60. Specifically, I wonder how everybody is handling the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you all doing OK? Yeah, we’re getting older, have many other health issues, and now this.
So I want to inquire if you’re managing life in this era of Coronavirus these recent days. (As well as the recent Magna earthquake:) I think of not only you, but your spouses, kids and grandkids. I hope everything is well. Keep safe! I’m optimistic that things will be better by the time August 2020 arrives so we can all meet again for the big 60th reunion. Who’d have guessed some of us would still be alive? Blessings on each of you…Warner & Kaye

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Posted on: Dec 24, 2019 at 4:17 PM

Happiest birthday Warner! Enjoy this wonderful day with your amazing family! We can't book South High for our reunion until Feb. 1st. Hoping for the last weekend in Aug. 2020!

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Aug 21, 2019 at 3:43 PM

OK, Cubs, remember we have a big Class of '60 reunion coming up at dear old South High a year from now. Keep your calendars open, OK?

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Posted on: Aug 21, 2019 at 3:17 PM

Robert, thanks for your Class of '60 leadership all these years. It's a thankless task, but please know we do appreciate it. I'm pretty sure when you ran for office in Fall 1959, you didn't realize you were signing up to run the show for the next 60 years!

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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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World Wide Warner
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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.