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“I just learned of your loss. Dr Warren chaired my dissertation I was so fortunate to have such a brilliant and thoughtful person to guide me. You...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Mary E Davidson - San Francisco, CA

“Roland and I worked on community projects in N.Y. Later he was my academic advisor and dissertation committee member at Brandeis. A great mentor...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: james callahan - newton, MA

“Musical friends sent this to me: Hi Sandra, I’m sad to hear about Roland, but as you say, “No regrets”. He lived a truly...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Sandra Seitz - Tyngsboro, MA

“Dear Robin and Family, I loved your father deeply, as a mentor and as an exceptional human being. As a Mother Teresa of Calcutta said: “...Read More »
4 of 28 | Posted by: Elisa Medina - Nashua, NH

“We were sorry to read that your father passed away. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this sad time. May your fond memories be of comfort to...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Jean & Joe Jacoppi - Tyngsboro, MA

“Robin & Family We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and wish you to know that our thoughts are with you. Fankie & Bill ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Frankie & Bill - MA

“Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. May you find consolation in your music. He must have been very proud of you. ”
7 of 28 | Posted by: Suzanne & Warren Barclay - Hudson, NH

“Dear Robin, Of all your dad's many accomplishments I am sure you are one of his proudest. Grieve a little now but also rejoice in all the wonders...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Jim - Braintree, MA

“Dear Robin and family- Your wonderful father will always be at your side. I am grateful for having known him as he helped open my eyes to our...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Sheila Simonds Weidlich - CT

“Robin, Having lost both my father and my father-in-law recently, I feel for what you must be going through. To live in the hearts of those left...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: Charley Earley - Winterport, ME

“Robin, Our prayers are with you. ”
11 of 28 | Posted by: Lawrence and Trisha Ward - NC

“Aww Robin, I'm so sorry for your loss. I read your dad's obit and he truly, along with your mother, sounds like one of God's "special people." ...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Richie Chiasson - Salem, NH

“"Death ends a life, not a relationship." Robert Benchley. It's particularly moving and difficult when both our parents are not living here with us...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Sue West - Amherst, NH

“I was one of Dr. Warren's first students at Alfred University and took several courses from him. My major was social science and I loved being in his...Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Margaret Ames Parker - FL

“We are sad to hear of Roland Warren's passing. He was such a spark in this community of Alfred. Many of us remember his strength and grace as he...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: Becky Prophet - Alfred, NY, NY

“Robin, So sorry to hear of your dad's death. We were just talking about him a few months ago! He was an amazing man, that is for sure. It is...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Marjorie - Natick, MA

“Robin and family, It sounds like Roland accomplished much in his life and really made a positive difference in the world around him. Clearly he...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Jennifer Larochelle - Manchester, NH

“Robin I was saddened by the news of your Fathers sudden death. There are never the right words to express how one feels at times like this. You are...Read More »
18 of 28 | Posted by: Shirley R Small - Merrimack, NH

“Roland was a remarkable man. I met him only a few times about 20 years ago but have remembered him and his dedication to the things that matter. He...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Raymond C. Vaughan - Hamburg, NY

“Dear Robin, Reading your Dad's obituary was impressive. What a fulfilled, interesting man who led an amazing life and gave so much back to the world...Read More »
20 of 28 | Posted by: Rosemary T Clough - Hollis, NH

“Robin, We're so sorry to hear of your loss. Thank you for sharing your father's wonderful life story. Love, Laura & Brent ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Laura & Brent Parrish - Hollis, NH

“Robin and family, I am so grateful that I met your Dad and I have great memories of my brief work with him on the music tapes. He was very talented...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Roger Kirkhart - Nashua, NH

“A remarkable and wonderful friend and mentor since 1963, who has made a positive difference in many areas of my life. He will live on with me. ”
23 of 28 | Posted by: Margaret (Meg) Newhouse - Weston, MA

“Hi Robin i am very sorry for the loss of your dad and from what you told me he is a great farther and a great friend and it will take time but we...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: DANA IACOPUCCI - Somerville, MA

“Robin, We're so sorry to hear of your loss. Your father certainly had a fulfilling life. You're in our thoughts. Love, Jaime, Ange and Olivia...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: Jaime, Andrea and Olivia Gouveia - NH

“Dear Robin, on behalf of the entire family, we express to your our deep sorry upon the passing of your dad. Though I did not know him well, because...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Henry P. Van Hoy, II - NC

“To Robin and family, Our condolences on the loss of your Dad. He sounds like a remarkable man who led a very full life. Our thoughts are with you:( ...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Bev and Tim Fontaine - Nashua, NH

“Robin & Family: Please accept our sympathy. Your dad sounds like a remarkable man. With love, from The Browns - Maria, Steve & Alex ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Maria Brown - Lyndeborough, NH


Roland L. Warren passed away on February 14, 2010. He was born in Islip, N. Y. on June 24, 1915, the son of Ruy W. and Jennie Simonds Warren. He spent his childhood and early youth in Brooklyn, N. Y. and did his undergraduate work at New York University, "commuting" by subway. In Heidelberg, Germany, while studying for his Ph.D., he met Margaret Armstrong Hodges, and they became engaged. In 1937 he received his doctorate in Economics, and Margaret received hers in Art History, both at the University of Heidelberg. They were married in New York City in 1938. Roland Warren began his teaching career at Hofstra University (then Hofstra College). In 1941 he and Margaret moved to Alfred, N. Y., where he taught sociology and philosophy in the Liberal Arts College, but soon devoted himself exclusively to sociology. During World War II, he saw duty as a Naval Reserve Officer on the small carrier Block Island, which was torpedoed and sank in the Atlantic on May 29, 1944. He then went with the surviving crew members to commission the new Block Island, where he saw duty in Okinawa and other Pacific engagements. After the war, he returned to Alfred and collaborated with Henry Langer in the Alfred University Area Study. At Alfred, he published his first book, Studying Your Community. He spent the academic year 1956-57 in Stuttgart, Germany, as a Guggenheim Fellow, studying citizen participation in that metropolis. He returned to Alfred for a year, and then left in 1958, to spend four years on a grant from Russell Sage Foundation as a social scientist giving research consultation to voluntary and public health and welfare agencies in Upstate New York. His book, Social Research Consultation, resulted from this activity. A Quaker, he served as American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Quaker International Affairs Representative to East and West Germany from 1962 to 1964. He and his wife lived in Berlin, which at the time was the focus of the Cold War, and carried on peace activities in both the Federal Republic and the German Democratic Republic, engaging in interviews with high officials in both parts of Germany to promote a less hostile climate where peace could be possible. He directed International Student Seminars for the AFSC in Denmark and Austria, and International Diplomats Conferences in Switzerland. Roland served on the Board of Directors for the AFSC for several years, and he led and participated in peace missions to East Germany, North Korea, South Korea, and Nicaragua. His writings were published by Pendle Hill and in the Friends Journal. He and his family were among the founding members of Alfred Friends Meeting (Quakers) and Rye Friends Meeting in New York State. Roland returned to the United States in 1964 as Professor of Community Theory in the School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare at Brandeis University. There, he was awarded a senior research fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health, which permitted him the available time for research and analytic work which resulted in a series of books, entitled The Community in America; Perspectives on the American Community; Politics and the Ghettos; Truth, Love, and Social Change; Social Change and Human Purpose, and two co-authored books: The Structure of Urban Reform, and Families in the Energy Crisis. During his career, he published more than fifty articles in learned journals. In 1982 he was honored by the American Sociological Association "for outstanding academic achievements and inspiring contributions to the study of Community." Perhaps more than any other social scientist, he explained how communities exist as independent localities that are simultaneously dependent upon external, national and international forces — an understanding that still guides community research. As a boy, Roland sang in the Trinity Church Choir in New York City, and he sang a solo each week on the WJZ Children's Hour, a radio show hosted by Milton Cross. After their children were born, Roland and Margaret joined the children in learning to play musical instruments, and they played in orchestras and chamber groups in Berlin, Germany, in Alfred and Westchester County, N. Y., and in Nashua, N. H. Margaret owned a violin building and repair business for many years, and two of their children became professional musicians. On his retirement from Brandeis University, the Warrens moved back to the Alfred area, as they had planned when leaving Alfred several decades earlier, taking up residence in Andover. In his retirement, he turned to research and writing about 17th Century Massachusetts, and published Mary Coffin Starbuck and the Early History of Nantucket; Loyal Dissenter: The Life and Times of Robert Pike; and a lengthy monograph on the life and poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier, as well as several historical novels, short stories, and opinion pieces on politics, religion, behavior, and ethics. In the late 1980s Roland was instrumental in the fight to defeat the proposed placement of a nuclear waste dump in rural Allegany County, New York. At one point he led a group of seniors, "Grandparents for the Future" to chain themselves together as a blockade onto the proposed site. This was just one of many instances throughout his life in which he reinforced his strong convictions with visible action. He led a full and enriched life during which he brought his considerable intellect to bear on a wide variety of topics. He and Margaret created a family environment full of stimulation and experience. Roland could hold his own in English, German, French, Spanish, and Latin. He was an intellectual, a gentleman, a devoted husband, and a true Renaissance man. He touched many people in many ways and was a model human being. He is survived by his son David Warren (of Forbes Park, Colorado), daughter Robin Warren (of Merrimack, N. H.), grandson Michael Warren and great-grandchildren Leila and Wynn Warren (all of Larchmont, N.Y.). He was predeceased by his wife Margaret and his daughter Ursula Warren. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 6:00 pm, in the

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