Richard A. Ware was born in New York City, November 7, 1919. He received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1941 and his Masters in Public Administration from Wayne State University in 1943. Following his graduation from Lehigh, Ware worked as a research assistant with the Detroit Bureau of Government Research, 1941-1942 and personnel technician with the Lend-Lease Administration in Washington, 1942-1943.
After wartime service with the Air Force, Ware worked as research associate to the assistant director of the Citizens Research Council, 1946-1956. During the latter part of these years and for the remainder of his career, Richard Ware served in various capacities with the Earhart and Relm Foundations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as secretary (1951-1970) and as trustee and president (1970-1984). Thereafter he served as trustee and president emeritus.
During the Nixon Administration, Ware took time off to serve as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, 1969-1970, then as consultant in the office of the assistant secretary of defense, 1970-1973.
Throughout his career, Ware was active in numerous business, civic, and public policy organizations and groups. He was assistant director of the Michigan Joint Legislative Committee on Reorganization of State Government, 1950-1952 and secretary of the Governor’s Committee to Study Prisons, 1952-1953. Ware was also active in Republican Party activities, particularly during the 1964 presidential campaign of Barry Goldwater when he served as a policy analyst.