William Van Voast Warren, Ed Center Board Member


Bill Warren was a native Bostonian, entrepreneur, oilman, developer, business executive, agricultural consultant and philanthropist. A 4th generation Harvard graduate, who practiced his craft in 48 states and 14 countries. He was also a beloved father and family man.

Eager for the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, he moved to Colorado after graduating from Harvard University. While furthering his expertise in agronomy and animal husbandry at Colorado State University, he was hired by the Great Western Sugar Company as an AFL inventory technician. He was quickly promoted to research and development and later appointed Sales Manager, Special Products Division. He successfully founded a national and international sales organization for Great Western. He went on to established his own commodities trading firm contracting with Great Western, DuPont, and Societe Sucriere of Belgium.

An avid outdoorsman, skier and mountaineer, Warren joined a group of investors and recreation planners made up of members from the famed 10th Mountain Division, US Army to form Vail Associates in 1962. With his partners in Vail Associates, Warren was actively involved in the early planning for Vail Mountain, today part of the largest ski complex in America.

Warren was contracted by the Province of Foggia, Italy as a consultant to their agricultural interests in Southern Italy and relocated to Europe.  He also served as a consultant to the Government of Greece on planning an oil and gas concession program for the Aegean Sea.  In the US, Warren’s firm expanded to participate in independent oil and gas exploration, securing major contracts with energy producers such as Monsanto and the French firm Total.

Warren’s philanthropic work is equally significant. As the Board Chair for Development of the Denver Art Museum, he worked with the famous architect, Gio Ponti, on a unique design for the city’s Civic Center. By early 1970, Warren had raised $3.8 million dollars from corporate sponsorships and foundations such as Boettcher and the Guggenheim.

Warren was an active member of the Harvard Alumni Association, The Ed Center, The Southern Poverty Law Center, The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, AHEPA, and the American Hellenic Council.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ed Center. Bill worked diligently and sacrificed many hours weekly to bring educational opportunities for families and foster care students in South LA.




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