Vital dates1924 – 2010 lived
RoleResearch Group Administrator and Dendrologist - The Morton Arboretum
Research Fellow, Dendrology - The Morton Arboretum
Board of Directors Member - Village Tree Cooperative
Committee Member - Woody Landscape Plants Crop Advisory Committee
BiographyDr. George Ware credited his love of trees to his upbringing near Norman, Oklahoma, “where trees had to struggle to exist.” George Ware began tending his own garden as a child, and his passion for plants led him to complete both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Botany at the University of Oklahoma. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin before accepting a teaching position at what was then Northwestern State College in Louisiana.
Dr. Ware arrived at The Morton Arboretum in 1968 as ecologist and dendrologist. During his tenure at The Morton Arboretum, Dr. Ware led the hybridization of American and European elms with Asian varieties in order to create specimens that would be resistant to Dutch Elm Disease (DED) and elm leaf beetles. Dr. Ware’s successful hybrids, known as the Accolade ™ and Triumph ™ elms were cultivated at The Morton Arboretum and distributed across the country.
Dr. Ware’s work was covered widely by the national press, and took him around the world on several visits to China and the former U.S.S.R.
Dr. Ware was an active member of his professional community, presenting at conferences all over the United States and publishing his findings in numerous journals.
Following his retirement from The Morton Arboretum as Director of Research, Dr. Ware maintained a presence at The Morton Arboretum as both Research Fellow and Research Associate. Dr. Ware remained active at The Morton Arboretum until his death in 2010 at the age of 86.
Source of BiographyThe Morton Arboretum Records, Sterling Morton Library, The Morton Arboretum.