Mr. Warren J. Coville
Warren J. Coville is a retired photographer, portrait studio owner and photo-finishing supplier.
After serving in the U.S. Army as an aerial photographer during World War II, Coville spent the next four decades in the photography industry, retiring in 1985 as chief executive officer of Guardian Photos. Since retiring, Coville has pursued endeavors in the arts, philanthropy and sports. He belonged to a group of investors who owned the Detroit Pistons basketball team.
Coville has served as the chair of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Student Scholarship Program in Sarasota. He served as president of the Asolo Rep Theatre and also serves as president and treasurer of the Coville Photographic Art Foundation. Coville is also the founder of the “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Detroit.
The philanthropic work of Coville and his wife, Margot, has focused primarily on encouraging Jewish education and heritage, helping disadvantaged youth obtain higher education and on providing assisted-living housing for the elderly. The Covilles have funded a total of four foundations.
During World War II, Margot Coville was rescued from a detention camp in France just before her parents were deported to Auschwitz. Today, the Covilles support the Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, as well as the Jewish Family & Children's Service of SarasotaManatee Inc.
The Covilles are recognized as members of Florida State University Foundation President's Club Francis Eppes Society and are major supporters of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
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