David Allyn Howard


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Houghton, NY - Dr. David Allyn Howard, 76, of Houghton, N.Y., died peacefully at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., Sunday, June 9, 2019, after an unexpected illness; he was the loving husband of 50 years to Dr. Irmgard "Irma" Keeler Howard. He had taught history at Houghton College, Houghton for 48 years.
David was the eldest son of Martha and William "Al" Howard of Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from Salem High School and Gordon College, Wenham, Mass. He earned his master's degree and doctorate from Duke University. He met his wife, Irma, through Intervarsity Christian Fellowship while they were both graduate students at Duke; she played the organ at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church and he sang in the choir.
As professor at Houghton College, Dr. Howard taught classes in Latin American History, African History, British History, The Reformation, and History for Science Honors, among others. He advised hundreds of students pursuing careers in the humanities, law, and sciences and was known, according to Dr. Paul Young, for his "perspicacious" insights and a deep, but subtle, sense of humor. He is the author of two books: The Royal Indian Hospital of Mexico City and Conquistador in Chains: Cabeza de Vaca and the Indians of the Americas. For more than 30 years he sang in the choir at Grace United Church (formerly First Congregational), Wellsville, N.Y., where Irma played the organ.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Philip (Shirley); four children; Deborah (Sergei), Bill (Deniz), Eleanor (Patrick) Henebury, and Stephen (April); eight grandchildren; Ekaterina, Alex, Andrew, Allison, Davyd, Clyde, Samuel, and Daniel; and a nephew, Robert. He was predeceased by his parents and a nephew, Philip W. Howard.
Memorials may be made to the Liberal Arts Scholarship at Houghton College, Houghton, N.Y. or Grace United Church, Wellsville, N.Y.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.
Friends may call at Grace United Church, Wellsville on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a Memorial Service following at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, MA.
Published on June 12, 2019
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3 posts

Micky Corbett
Jun 15, 2019
Ellie, I was saddened to hear of the passing of your Dad. I have no doubt as to how proud he was of you as a daughter, a wife, and a mother. My condolences to you and your family.
Michelle DiLorenzo
Jun 13, 2019
I only met Mr Howard a couple times but he struck me as a family first kind of guy which made me like him right away. His daughter Ellie and I have been the best of friends for 30 years and she always has had only lovely things to say about him. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.
R. Scharf
Jun 12, 2019
David was a good mentor and a darn fine friend. It's his time to rest.