Richard P. Howell Jr.

December 6, 1919November 29, 2012

Richard P. (Dick) Howell was born in Butte Montana on December 6, 1919, the second eldest of the six children born to Richard and Mary (Brown) Howell. His earliest years were spent in that mining town, but his family moved to Laurelhurst, near Seattle, Washington, where he spent his teenage years, of which there are a few wild stories. He entered college first at DePauw University in Indiana. Then he followed his family out to Palo Alto, California, attending Stanford University. He ultimately graduated from the University of Washington, with a degree in Mathematics. During the war he enlisted in the Navy and had various duties including shore patrol in San Francisco and as an officer on the USS Kingsbridge, an attack troop transport. He met his future wife, Mary McLean, while in San Francisco, and in 1944 they married in the “Little Chapel Around the Corner” in New York City. After the war, he and his wife first settled in Milwaukee where they had two children, Richard and John. At that time, Dick worked as a financial systems analyst for Square-D corporation. The family then moved out to Palo Alto, California, in the early 50’s, and Dick and Mary built their own home in a little community called Ladera, behind Stanford University. In 1957, Mary was stricken with Polio, which left her severely disabled. But with rehabilitation at Warm Springs and other hospitals, and with assistance from her husband, she was able to regain her ability to walk and the use of her arms. Dick began working at SRI, in their Management Sciences group in the mid 50’s. His work included review of antimissile systems and other defense projects. He also published studies of manpower mobility in the Defense Industry. He left SRI in the late ‘70’s, to do a stint in consulting. Ultimately he joined his brother Edward’s insurance firm, Design Professionals, and when that firm moved its operations down to Monterey in the early 80’s, Dick and his Mary took up residence at Hacienda Carmel where they had lived since. His retirement years were devoted to tennis at the Carmel Valley Racquet Club, and to activities at Hacienda Carmel. His wife passed away in September, 2009. Dick Howell passed away suddenly, as a result of pneumonia, on November 29, 2012. He is survived by his son Richard, Richard’s wife Theresa, and their daughter Carson; his son John; his brother in-law Robert McLean and his family; his younger brother Robert and youngest brother Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.


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December 17, 2012

Mr. Howell: I remember your wit. You were an original. Theresa's sister, Bonnie

Ruth Morehouse

December 14, 2012

Mr Howell, you will truly be missed, especially the times I have had with you and Easton : such as having dinner with you on the wharf and the great conversations we gave always had. Rest in peace.

Easton Isadore & Trina

December 14, 2012

Mr Richard Howell, rest in peace. Our prayers are with you and your family. Caregivers.

Nancy Foy

December 8, 2012

We are sending our deepest sympathies to your family. My parents lived in Hacienda and Mother and Dick were in the Garden Club together. Dick had a green thumb and one year the garden was filled with pumpkins. Dick let me take our grandduaghter to his pumpkin patch and pick her first pumpkin there. Hacienda was a special place for my family, and I hope yours. We shared homemade bread and jam with Mary and Dick. Fond Memories of them both. Nancy & Larry Foy