Dr. Donald E. Warren, founding board chairman of Palm Beach Atlantic University, spoke to students, faculty, alumni and staff during the Founders Day Chapel on Tuesday, March 30, at the Greene Complex for Sports and Recreation.
Founders Day Chapel commemorates the beginning of PBA in 1968. It is sponsored by the PBA Alumni Association.
Born in Miami, Fla., Dr. Warren attended Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and graduated from Duke University in Durham, N.C., where he served as a junior and senior assistant resident in internal medicine. He also completed a cardiology fellowship with Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.
After Dr. Warren and his wife, Bebe, settled in West Palm Beach in 1956, Dr. Warren quickly built a stellar cardiology practice that eventually included some of the wealthiest and most influential men and women in the United States.
In the mid-1960s, Dr. Jess Moody, then pastor of First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, asked Dr. Warren to help establish a Christian college in West Palm Beach to counterbalance America's shifting moral climate.
Feeling impressed by God to undertake this challenge, Dr. Warren became the founding chairman of the board of trustees and helped establish Palm Beach Atlantic College in downtown West Palm Beach in 1968.
In addition to serving as board chairman from 1968 until he became a life trustee upon his retirement on Dec. 31, 2006, Dr. Warren became PBA's primary fundraiser. To illustrate the institution's need, he gave personal campus tours, which over the years have amounted to more than 1,100 individual visits. Many of these visits translated into contributions from a number of Dr. Warren's patients.
Retiring from a 40-year career in cardiology in 1996, Dr. Warren has continued his community volunteerism. In 1999, Dr. Warren was named one of The Palm Beach Post's "100 people who changed the way we live" in its millennium issue, "Our Century." He has been the recipient of numerous community awards.