July 22, 2002
Geraldine "Gerry" Waring, 1908-2002
By Sherry Fisher
Geraldine "Gerry" Howald Waring, longtime Storrs resident and supporter of the University, died June 3. She was 93.
Waring, who was born in Flint, Michigan, was the wife of the late Charles "Chic" Waring, a UConn professor emeritus of chemistry.
"She was always elegant and gracious," says Art Dimock, associate department head of chemistry, adding that Waring "maintained warm relationships with the faculty and staff of the department and attended all major functions." He says Waring "took pride in her husband's legacy" and "was particularly proud that the new research wing of the chemistry building was named in her husband's honor."
The Warings came to Storrs in 1946, when Charles Waring was appointed to the chemistry department. The couple were active in community and university affairs, were ardent followers of UConn sports, and were avid bridge players.
She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross Blood Drive for many years, and a member of the Windham Hospital Auxiliary, the University of Connecticut League, and The Women's Club of Storrs. She also owned and operated the G.H. Waring Continental Gift Shop in Storrs for many years.
After her husband's death, Waring established scholarships in chemistry and football in his name and later endowed a scholarship in the puppetry program. In recognition of her continuing support for UConn, the University established a Nutmeg Scholarship in her name on the occasion of her 90th birthday in 1998.
Donations in Waring's name may be made to the UConn Foundation to support the University of Connecticut Children's Cancer Fund. Donations may be sent to the UConn Foundation, 2390 Alumni Drive, Unit 3206, Storrs, CT 06268.