E. Philip Howrey

December 1, 1937June 17, 2011

E. Philip Howrey's exuberant and laughter- filled life was cut short on June 17th, 2011, in a tragic cycling accident. Phil was born December 1, 1937 in Geneva, Illinois to Eugene E. and Ellen Boord Howrey. He attended Fairfield High School in Iowa and graduated from Drake University in 1959. Phil was a standout athlete at Drake, winning five varsity letters in track and cross country and serving as captain of the cross country team. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year, served as president of the student body, and won the Oreon E. Scott award for most outstanding graduating senior. He continued his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a Ph.D. in Economics in 1964. Phil taught at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan during his 42-year career. The main focus of his research was using economic models and data to increase understanding of economic behavior. An early example of this theme is his well-known 1974 paper, "Notes on Testing the Predictive Performance of Econometric Models", which he co-authored with Nobel Prize recipient Lawrence Klein and the late Mike McCarthy.Phil will always be remembered as an avid bicyclist, outdoorsman, and a dedicated Michigan football fan. He was the president of the Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society, a USAC category 2 racer, and won the Big Mac Attack team time trial and was a Michigan Time Trial champion. During his retirement, Phil lead bicycle tours of France and Italy, and toured in Spain. Since moving to Boulder in 2006, he has been an active member of Seniors on Bikes, Tuesday Hikers, the Thursday Walk-n-Talk Men's group, and Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community. Phil is survived by many relatives who will miss him dearly including his wife Sharon Foster Howrey; children Tricia Ghekas (and husband Paul with children Julie, Jennifer, and Alex), Rick Howrey (and wife Gail with children Katie, Matthew, and Jack), Margaret Ferris (and husband Joe with children Bridget and Sean), Mark Howrey (and wife Laura with children Miller and Jed); stepchildren Nate Foster (and wife Sara), Clare Shea (and husband Mike) and Mollie Foster; sister Sara Howrey; brother Rick (and wife Connie) Howrey, and Uncle Miller Boord. He will also be missed by the many students, colleagues, and friends that he influenced over the years. Visitation will be held from 1-4 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at Crist Mortuary Chapel, 3395 Penrose Place in Boulder, CO 80301. Funeral service will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at Light of Christ Ecumenical Catholic Community, 1000 15th Avenue, in Longmont, CO.

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Roger Cohen

April 2, 2012

I just learned with great sadness of the tragic passing of a beloved professor. I was an economics student at Michigan in the mid 1970's. There I had the opportunity to take statistics and macroeconomics from two very famous professors. On both occasions, my friend and classmate Beth Hayes recommended Dr. Howrey, her favorite professor, as the better choice and she was right. I so admired Dr. Howrey that after consulting with him, I went to Chapel Hill where, as he had done, I received my Ph.D. in Economics. Beth went on to become a path-breaking economist, but was killed under remarkably similar circumstances in June, 1984. Now, I shall never remember one of those wonderful people without also remembering the other.

Don Schilling

March 26, 2012

Phil was a friend and collegue during several years of graduate school at Chapel Hill. A mutual friend once remarked that units of enthusiasm should be defined as "Howreys". A judgement with which I most certainly agree. I'm sure that there are now many more of his friends who would also agree.

Stephen Marks

January 30, 2012

A brilliant professor of econometrics, from whom I took both undergraduate and graduate course, and a kind, welcoming man. I am greatly saddened to learn of his passing.

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Sharon Howrey

January 18, 2012