Warren Head of Palmyra, Mo., received the Order of the Owl Award during Alumni Weekend at William Woods University, April 19-21. The award is given to honor the spouse of an alumnus who has shown a special interest in promoting and supporting the activities of the university.
Head is the husband of Katherine King Head, a 1940 graduate of William Woods University. They have two sons—Wallace, who is president and chief operating officer of Family Office Exchange in Chicago, and John, who is professor of international law at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. They also have four grandchildren.
Head was honored for his continual support of his wife’s involvement in William Woods University, which includes serving on the National Alumni Board since 1985 and serving as reunion chair in 1980 and 1995. She was the 1988 recipient of the Green Owl Alumni Award.
Together, the Heads established the J. Warren and Katherine King Head Endowed Scholarship to encourage students from Palmyra High School to attend William Woods.
Head is a native of Palmyra, where he lives on the family farm named “Estelbrook.” He graduated from Central Methodist College in 1933 and received a bachelor’s degree in business and public administration from the University of Missouri in 1934.
After several years in the accounting field, he returned to the family farm to manage the Jersey cattle dairy operation. From 1942 to 1945 he served in the U.S. Air Force, returning to the family farm, which included an Angus cattle herd and grain operation.
Head has been active in agricultural and civic organizations. For nine years, he served on the Missouri State Board of Education, serving two terms as president. He also was president of the Marion County Farm Bureau and president of the Missouri Jersey Cattle Club. He has been a member of Kiwanis for 50+ years. He also is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, the local historical society and Mark Twain Postcard Club.