Dr. Roland George Ware
April 12, 1932 – January 27, 2021
Dr. Roland G. Ware, Jr., MD., 88, passed away at home January 27, 2021. The son of Roland G. Ware, Sr. & Iva M. Ware, he was born April 12, 1932 at the original Maine General Hospital which later became the Maine Medical Center.
He grew up in Rockland where he was a member of the Sea Scouts. Stated “Most likely to succeed” with the “Mental ability of”, Roland was an avid athlete who became the State of Maine basketball foul shooting champion. He graduated Salutatorian of Rockland High School in 1950. Awarded the Meserve Prize in Chemistry, elected to Phi Beta Kappa his Junior Year and a James Bowdoin scholar at Bowdoin College, Dr. Ware graduated summa cum laude in 1954.
A graduate from McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1958, he shared 1st place in his class at the end of the first year and was bestowed the Presidential Medical Fraternity award. Dr. Ware practiced Internal Medicine at Montreal General Hospital then served as Chief Medical Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Federal Prison in Milan, Michigan. In 1961, he married the love of his life, Norma Leinonen.
Dr. Ware was accepted as a Radiology resident at Massachusetts General Hospital where he trained before joining the staff. Following a year at the Hammersmith Hospital & Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London, England in 1968, he returned to Portland to establish the subspecialty of Abdominal Peripheral Angiography for diagnostic angiogram and selective chemotherapy infusions at Maine Medical Center; a first for the Radiology Department. As a former radiologist and close friend said, “Dr. Ware was a highly respected diagnostic Radiologist at Maine Medical Center and the Spectrum Radiology Group. His colleagues were frequently astounded by his sometimes seemingly mystical powers of observation in evaluating radiologic studies and making important diagnoses, sometimes retrospectively… Over the years, he was a highly regarded teacher and mentor for countless radiology residents and technologists. Dr. Ware was a radiologist’s radiologist. At the same time, he was a highly entertaining raconteur of humorous tales from his Maine upbringing as well as his world experiences. He will be missed by his former colleagues and friends.”
Roland possessed genuine knowledge, appreciation, respect and love of nature which he imparted to many. He was a constant educator, teacher and mentor. An expert in bird identification and gardening, he was inspired by family mentors to perfect the art of grafting apple trees. “He could bring a sick apple tree back to life but heaven forbid if an apple was ever improperly plucked from the tree!”
A self taught carpenter, Roland also built a number of log cabins from hand-hewn and notched out logs, a process inspired by family mentors. He was an avid fly fisherman who tied his own flies and took pride in teaching this art to those he deemed privileged to learn his secrets. A vast and remarkable impression has been left on all who knew Roland whether in his company walking through the Maine woods or quietly fishing on the pristine waters of Pierce Pond; and those privileged to join him “had to know how to carry water!”. Roland’s motto at age 18 was his life lived: “Knowledge is like timber, it should not be used until it is seasoned.”
Dr. Ware was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Mary J. Waterman. He is survived by his ‘dear sweet’ wife, Norma; brother, John Ware Sr.; sister, Anna M. Ware; 9 nieces and nephews; 8 great-nieces and nephews; several cousins; very special friends and neighbors.
The family expresses sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Maine Medical Center, The Cedars, Home Instead Senior Care of Gorham, Aging Excellence and Northern Lights Home Care and Hospice of Portland for their professional commitment and dedication in the quality care provided for Roland while always keeping Norma close at heart.
Private burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Dr. Roland George Ware
February 15, 2021
I worked with Dr Ware from 1980 until he retired. He was so very helpful and taught me so much. Like Pat Norton said, lots of fly tying "special equipment" went to CSD. I remember how privileged I felt the first time he considered me ready not to have him doublecheck the injector settings.
He was outraged when he picked up my 15 year pin. It was a tie tack! Lots of good memories that make me smile.
May those memories comfort Norma and the rest of his loved ones.
Pat Norton, R.N.
February 14, 2021
I had the privilege of working as the nurse in Special Procedures at MMC with Dr. Ware from 1975-1979. He taught me more about anatomy and physiology than any course I ever took. Since I was not a Maine native he gave me my first copy of the Maine Gazetteer so that I would not get lost in my travels. On the anniversary of my first year of working in Radiology he presented me with a tomato from his garden. One of my duties was preparing equipment to be sent to Central Supply for sterilization. Often that included a package containing various fly tying materials, which we labeled as “Dr. Ware’s Special Equipment”.
My condolences to his wife and family for the loss of this amazing man.
February 12, 2021
I was a resident at Maine Medical Center in 1972 and remember Roland at his work station in the reading room. The department chief, Dr. John Gibbons, had just left the room. Roland was leaning down , hands in a drawer , He looked up at me with grin on his face. I said "Roland what have you got in there". He slowly opened the drawer; he was tying a fly.
February 11, 2021
Sincerest sympathies to Norma & family. I enjoyed knowing Roland as a neighbor. My late husband shared professional experiences as Interventional Radiologists although they never worked together. The moments most treasured were as neighbors and a trip to Pierce Pond. To be cherished.