Robert A. Ware Jr., an artist who served as advertising manager for the Baltimore-Washington International Airport, died Monday at his Reservoir Street home of complications of AIDS.
Services for Mr. Ware, who was 51, are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at the Nutter Funeral Home, 2501 Gwynns Falls Parkway.
He managed advertising for the airport since 1987 and earlier operated his own commercial studio, Artpen. Also, he was an artist who did stylized human figures in acrylics, watercolors and pen and ink drawings, and in bronze sculptures.
His works were displayed at local galleries and sold to well-known customers, including Sammy Davis Jr., Wynton Marsalis and Dr. John Money. He also painted a portrait of Spiro T. Agnew that hung in the Governor's Club. Commissioned while Mr. Agnew was still governor, it was the first painting of him completed after he became vice president.
Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ware was a 1958 graduate of City College and studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and what TC is now Morgan State University. He served in the Air Force from 1959 until 1960 and had been a successful member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 17 years.
Mr. Ware is survived by his mother, Chlorice Ware of Baltimore; a niece, Lisa Shannon of Baltimore; and his maternal grandfather, Andrew E. Smith, also of Baltimore.
The family suggested that memorial contributions could be made to the Joseph Richey Hospice.