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APSU memorial service for Dr. Vernon Warren set for Oct. 4; public invited

Austin Peay State University is the location for a memorial service for Dr. Vernon Warren, professor of political science, who passed away Sept 13, 2005, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, following a stroke.

Open to friends, colleagues, students and alumni, the service, Vernon C. Warren Jr.As We Remember Him, will begin at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, in Trahern Theatre.

Dr. David Kanervo, professor of political science and department chair, will lead the service, and Dr. Shirley Rainey, assistant professor of sociology, will offer a tribute in song.
Austin Peay State University is the location for a memorial service for Dr. Vernon Warren, professor of political science, who passed away Sept 13, 2005, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, following a stroke.

Open to friends, colleagues, students and alumni, the service, “Vernon C. Warren Jr.As We Remember Him,” will begin at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, in Trahern Theatre.

Dr. David Kanervo, professor of political science and department chair, will lead the service, and Dr. Shirley Rainey, assistant professor of sociology, will offer a tribute in song.

Guest speakers include: APSU President Sherry Hoppe; alumnus Joe Calloway, Nashville; Dr. John Butler, former vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Carlette Hardin, professor of education; Ret. Brig. Gen. Wendell Gilbert, former vice president for development; Krista Bristol, president of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary and Kanervo.
Warren was born Feb. 5, 1939, in Ages, Ky., the son of Vernon C. Warren Sr. and Delta Hensley Warren.

A 38-year member of Austin Peay's political science faculty, Warren was loved and respected by colleagues and students.

“Dr. Warren was an enthusiastic supporter of students over the years. He supported their efforts in and outside of the classroom as the sponsor of student organizations,” Kanervo said.
“For colleagues, Dr. Warren was a source of intellectual stimulation, collegial support and friendship. He had a wonderful sense of humor that helped provide an enjoyable working environment. He was one of the nicest people anyone could meet.”

Even those with whom he had worked a brief time respected him. “I knew Dr. Warren for a very short time,” said Dr. David Steele, assistant professor of sociology. “He had a passion for teaching political science. (The students) are a large part of his life's legacy.”

APSU alumnus Kevin Kennedy, Clarksville, attributes his career choice as an attorney to Warren. “Dr. Warren was a great man who cared both about the education he provided us and the students in his class.”
Hoppe talked about her first impression of Warren as a teacherduring a talk for the Rotary Club where he mesmerized the audience with his knowledge and wit.

“Later I had the opportunity to visit his ‘Great Leaders' class, and I continued to be impressed with his vast knowledge and dry sense of humor,” Hoppe said. “He truly was a master teacher, and I'm thankful thousands of students had the opportunity to learn from him.”

Warren is survived by his wife, Nell Northington Warren. She requested that memorial gifts be made to the Woodward Library, c/o University Advancement Office, P.O. Box 4417, Clarksville, TN 37044 or Cats-R-Us, 119 Providence Blvd., Clarksville, TN 37042.Dennie B. Burke