born: in Decatur, IL
Born in Decatur, Illinois, on July 28, 1917. He moved to Tuscaloosa as a child when his grandfather Herbert E. Westervelt consolidated Gulf States Paper Company as Alabama's first modern pulp and paper mill in 1929. Warner graduated from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Indiana, in 1936. He attended Washington & Lee Universityfrom 1936 to 1940 and received a degree in business administration. While at Washington & Lee, he was an avid swimming champion. He has provided numerous children with the ability to receive swimming and water safety lessons, and has funded several pools for underprivileged children.During the 1960s and 1970s Mr. Warner ran one of the country’s finest stables of competitive championship thoroughbreds. One of his best, Do-Right, helped win a gold medal for the U.S. Equestrian team in the 1975 Pan-Am games in Mexico City. He envisioned and created Northriver Yacht Club, an outstanding golf, swimming, tennis, recreational and residential complex in Tuscaloosa. He established one of the country’s best known managed hunting preserves, Westervelt Lodge.