A. Bruce Mainwaring, C’47, Trustee Emeritus and Chairman Emeritus of the Penn Museum Board of Advisors, died September 6, 2022. He was 95 years old.
Mr. Mainwaring was born in Roxborough, Pennsylvania. After serving and completing his education in the US Naval Reserve during World War II, Mr. Mainwaring joined his father’s Uniform Tubes Corporation and enjoyed a long career in the manufacturing industry. He became President of Uniform Tubes and formed two new companies, UTI Corporation and Micro-Coax, Inc., which, like its parent company, manufacture metal tubing and related goods. UTI’s products are used in a variety of industries including medical, telecommunications and aerospace, as demonstrated when UTI hoses flew to the moon on an Apollo spacecraft. In 2001 he founded the Mainwaring Archive Foundation, an organization exploring alternatives to scholarly dogma.
Mr. Mainwaring was a leader, volunteer and benefactor of Penn for many decades. In 1991 he was appointed University Trustee and has served on the Academic Policy and University Responsibility Committees. His many honorary posts have included serving as a member of the Commonwealth Relations Council, President of the Mask and Wig Club, Director of the General Alumni Society, member of the Bread Upon the Waters Scholarship Fund Board and member of the Agenda for Excellence Council.
Mr. Mainwaring received the 1987 Alumni Award of Merit. He has served as Chairman of the Penn Museum Board of Advisors, Chairman of the proposed fundraising component of the 21st Campaign, which he and his wife Peggy made possible through their leadership and fundraising efforts, and which bears their names. They were also the main donors to the museum’s 2010 West Wing renovation project, which enabled the installation of air conditioning throughout the wing, the renovation of the historic Widener Lecture Hall, and the creation of a series of conservation and teaching laboratories that now house the Museum Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM).
Mr. and Mrs. Mainwaring also endowed the first CAAM teaching specialist: the Mainwaring Teaching Specialist for Archaeozoology. In addition, they endowed the position of Chief Operating Officer of the museum, established the Robert H. Dyson Near East Curatorship, and provided endowment funds to support the Director’s Discretionary Fund, as well as marketing and public relations. Her support extended to several other areas of the university including student financial aid, the School of Nursing, the Morris Arboretum, the Pennsylvania Hospital, the Mask and Wig Club, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Penn Libraries, the Annenberg Center and the School of Arts and Sciences.
During his career, Mr. Mainwaring has served on the Young Presidents Organization, the Executives Organization, the American Management Association, and the Board of Governors of the American Society for Metals. He was also chairman of the Philadelphia Presidents Organization. His service has ranged from presidency of his local Rotary club to serving on the board of governors of the American Research Center in Egypt and serving on several committees at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. He has served on the boards of Monmouth College, the Area Council for Economic Education, the Valley Forge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the Foundation for Studies of Modern Science. He was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of International House at 37th and Chestnut Streets, where he was a donor. He devoted his time to Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA, where he was an alumnus and top of his class. After attending school on a singing scholarship – a calling he pursued as a member of Mask and Wig – Mr Mainwaring did all he could to serve Episcopal as a volunteer and benefactor. There he was involved in numerous committees and initiatives and in 2007 made the largest donation in the history of the school. For his numerous contributions, Episcopal presented him with the 1785 Bowl Award in 2003, the school’s highest award for service and generosity.
A celebration of Mr. Mainwaring’s life will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 10:30 am in the Class of 1944 Chapel, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square
He is survived by his wife Peggy, ED’47, HON’85, a trustee emeritus; her children, Elizabeth, CW’76, Susan, CW’72, G’76; and Scott C’75; and his grandchildren. In lieu of flowers we would appreciate donations in memory of Mr Mainwaring to any of the above institutions.