Gale Lynne Warner, daughter of Drs. Jack and Louise Warner of Ashville, died Dec. 28, 1991 at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Warner graduated from Teays Valley High School in 1978, where she was a National Merit Finalist, four-year member of the In The Know team, choreographer and lead dancer in “Brigadoon,” four-year letterwoman in track, and head majorette for two years. She was a member of the Columbus Wind Ensemble, and conducted research for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at Stage’s Pond. In 1978, she received the Presidential Scholar Medal from President Carter, as one of two winners from Ohio.
She attended Stanford University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with honors in 1982 with a major in biological sciences. She acquired a master’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in 1986.
As a professional freelance journalist and photographer, Warner wrote articles on issues pertaining to the environment and international relations. Her reports were published in the Christian Science Monitor, Parade Magazine, Sierra Club magazine, and The Boston Globe.
In the mid-80s, she pioneered a series of Soviet-American medical student and wilderness adventure exchanges. She was co-founder of GOLUBKA, a Soviet-American network that supports independent Soviet peace and environmental activists by distributing information and conducting workshops on ecology, empowerment, nonviolence and global security.
Her first book, with co-author Michael Shuman in 1987, was titled “Citizen Diplomats: Pathfinders in Soviet-American Relations – and how you can join them.” Her second book about Soviet women and men working with glasnost, “The Invisible Threads: Independent Soviets Working for Global Awareness and Social Transformation,” was published in 1991. A collection of her poems titled “Breathing the Light” has just been published.
In addition to her parents, Warner is survived by her husband, David E. Kreger, M.D., of Gloucester, MA; a brother David O. Warner, M.D.; sister-in-law Julie (Pabst) Warner, a niece and two nephews, all of Rochester, MN; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins….
Those who wish may make a contribution to in her memory to the Stratford Ecological Center, a central Ohio educational farm and nature center that she inspired.