Founding Honorary Sponsors

The Founding Honorary Sponsors and Advisory Council of Warnborough House/College in 1973-1975 were:

  • Jack L. Armstrong, President, Bradford College (MA)
  • Myron B. Bloy, Executive Director, Church Society for College Work (MA)
  • Howard R. Bowen, Chancellor, Claremont University Center (CA);
  • Charles E. Brown, Director, Leadership & Learning Cooperative Educational Development Centre (MA)
  • Paul M. Van Buren, Professor of Religion, Temple University (PA)
  • John T. Caldwell, Chancellor, North Carolina State University
  • Michael Chantry, Chaplain, Hertford College, University of Oxford (UK)
  • R.P. Cuzzort, Director, Sociology & Integrated Studies, University of Colorado
  • Reuel L. Howe, Director, Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies (MI)
  • Thomas P. Imse, President, Association for the Sociology of Religion (MA)
  • Howard A. Johnson, Theologian, Soren Kierkegaard Institute, Copenhagen
  • Alan A. Kuusisto, President, Hobart & William Smith Colleges (NY)
  • Charles R. Longsworh, President, Hampshire College (MA)
  • John C. McGeachie, State Secretary, Australian British Trade Association (NSW)
  • Kilmer Myers, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of California
  • C. J. Nuesse, Provost, Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.)
  • Terry Sandford, President, Duke University (Nth. Carolina)
  • Alexander D. Stewart, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of Western Massachusetts
  • Howard Taylor, Founding Member, United Nations University (NY)
  • Gray Temple, Episcopal Bishop, Diocese of South Carolina
  • Cynthia C. Wedel, Past President, National Council of Churches of America.

We salute them for their support and encouragement during those early founding days of Warnborough. (From the Archives).

Other Warnborough Worthies

Dr Bill Chalker

Dr Bill Chalker

Dr William ‘Bill’ Chalker, US College Dean, Educator.

Dr William ‘Bill’ Chalker, College Dean, Professor, Educator. He came to Warnborough College for Fall September 1973 with a group of students from The College of Idaho (USA). Bill and his students were the first American college group to study at the new Study Abroad Centre in Oxford. They all attended the official opening at Rhodes House where they were welcomed by the Warden Sir Edgar Williams, Sir Christopher White, Bt., the Lord Mayor of Oxford and other worthies. Here, Bill spoke highly of the new programme, and over the following decades he was a great supporter of Warnborough College and its vision.

Brigadier Henchley

Brigadier Henchley

Brigadier Douglas V Henchley, Trustee

Brigadier Henchley (1911-2010) was born in Western Australia. In 1940  he went to France with the British Expeditionary Force. He served on Field Marshall Montgomery’s staff involved in the detailed planning for D-Day. At Oxford,  he was executive Secretary of Keble College Centenary Appeal, Senior Treasurer of the Oxford Union Society, and active member of the Boar’s Hill Association. He served on the Warnborough College Board of Trustees 1984- 1988.

Dr Harry Gregson

Dr Harry Gregson

Dr Harry Gregson, Educator & Consultant

Dr Harry Gregson, Former Principal of Lancaster and Morecambe College (UK). Consultant to Warnborough College 1980’s. “Warnborough College has well qualified, and well experienced faculty desirous of enhancing the status and prestige of the institution, and building up fine traditions. We shall develop a college of the highest order.” (Archives).

Lord Kilmarnock

Lord Kilmarnock

Lord Kilmarnock, Member, Warnborough Academic Advisory Board

Lord Kilmarnock, writer, politician, and younger son of the Lord High Steward of Scotland. Pageboy at the coronation of George VI. Friend of the novelist Kingsley Amis. Served on the Warnborough Academic Advisory Board 1982-1984.

Lord Pitt

Lord Pitt

Lord Pitt of Hampstead, Member, Warnborough Academic Advisory Board

Lord Pitt of Hampstead (1913-1994), was a British Labour Party politician, general practitioner, political-social activist, and educator. President of the British Medical Association (1985-86). Born in Grenada, he was the second peer of African descent, to sit in the House of Lords. Served on the Warnborough College Academic Advisory Board 1986-1988. His focus was on encouraging students from the Caribbean & Africa to study abroad. In 2004, he was named as one of “100 Great Black Britons”.

Margaret Frowe

Margaret Frowe

Professor Margaret Frowe, Researcher and Teacher

Margaret Mary Frowe, Professor at the University of Hawaii spent a semester during 1985-1987 as a researcher and English teacher at Warnborough College (Oxford). She was in her eighties and adored by students. “In my heart, so often, I wish that our American graduates might have a greater sense of direction and an awareness of so much that is offered, as at Warnborough. My years there are highlights of my life.” (Archives)

Maud Rosenthal

Maud Rosenthal

Maud Ruth Rosenthal, ‘Most Famous Child in Britain’.

Maud Ruth Rosenthal (1909-2007). Her famous father was Oscar Levy – editor of the complete works of Friedrich Nietzsche. In 1921, at the age of 12 she became ‘the most famous child’ in Britain. When asked why her German family had been expelled from Britain, she replied: “Please ask the Home Secretary” [She was born in Britain!]. A founder of the Boar’s Hill Association, the Rosenthal family were active in local affairs including the Oxford University Orchestra, Magdalen College School, and welcoming Warnborough College students to its many musical and cultural events.

Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Councillor Robert Wilson, Hon PhD

Dr Robert Wilson, OAM, Councillor, Mayor of Parkes (NSW, Australia). Impressive track record in the promotion and development of aged care facilities, Parkinson Disease research, and tourism. Cr Wilson was awarded the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1997 for his service to local government. His honorary doctorate degree was presented at Canterbury Cathedral Chapter House (2008) by Trixie, Baroness Gardner of Parkes, Conservative Life Peer and a former Speaker of the House of Lords. “An honour to be at this impressive Warnborough ceremony.”

Sir Christopher White

Sir Christopher White

Sir Christopher White, Bt., Visitor and Trustee

Sir Christopher White, Bt. (1940-2015) was a true educator who spent much of his life teaching and encouraging students to aspire to further study and life-long learning. He was Honorary President of Warnborough House when it was established in Oxford in 1973. At the opening ceremony at Rhodes House he joined the Warden, Sir Edgar Williams (Chief of Intelligence to Field Marshall Montgomery (WW2) and other worthies in their support for the new college. They echoed that Warnborough College would ‘become global in outreach and foster international friendships’. This has been achieved over the last 44 years and continues to do so.