Dr. Patricia Patty Chastain Howe

March 12, 1940January 13, 2012

Dr. Patricia “Patty” Chastain Howe, 71, of Raleigh, died of pancreatic cancer on Friday, January 13th at the Hospice of Wake County Home. Patty was born on March 12, 1940, in Washington, DC to the late Charles Richmond Chastain and Barbara Peavey Chastain. She was a graduate of The College of William and Mary; obtained a MA in Russian history from the University of Hawaii; and earned a Ph.D. in French history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Patty was a professor of European History at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and she previously served on the faculties of North Carolina State University and Salem College. She spent a year in Paris on the Georges Lurcy Fellowship conducting research that culminated in the publication of her book, Foreign Policy and the French Revolution. Patty’s passion for history and teaching inspired all who knew her. She not only found great joy in teaching, but also, in playing golf and tennis as well as attending the opera, symphony, and art exhibits. Patty was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and friend. She found the fun in all that she did, and her positive attitude inspired all who knew her. Patty was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur King Howe, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Kari Howe Stoltz and her husband, Jerry, of Raleigh; two grandchildren, Haley Chastain Stoltz; and Elesa Ann Stoltz; and brother, Peter Chastain, of Greensboro. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18th at Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17th at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27605. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607, or the University of St. Thomas History Department Scholarship Fund, attn: Cathy Cory, University of St. Thomas, JRC432-History, 2115 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55101. Condolences may be sent to


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 17, 2012
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Amy Trcka

June 10, 2012

Dr. Howe was my European History professor at St. Thomas. When she learned that I was interested in studying French; she encouraged me to apply to Middlebury's French immersion program. Before Dr. Howe, I had never even heard of Middlebury. I went and it changed my life. I have thought of her warmly over the years. I am very sorry to hear of her passing. Please take comfort in the fact that I am sure that she touched many of her student's lives, as she did mine. She was a fantastic person and professor.

Amy Trcka
UST class of 1993

Susan Smith-Cunnien

January 20, 2012

Dear Kari,
I was really sorry to hear about your mother's passing. She was such a wonderful person - always so gracious, making every person feel special. She and I started at St. Thomas the same year and saw each other often as we both were "early birds" on campus and headed down for coffee at the same time. I can't tell you how many times I have been cheered by your mom's teasing. She was so well-loved and respected here on campus and she will be so missed by everyone. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Jasmin Hoffman

January 20, 2012

Dear Kari,
I am so sorry to hear about your moms passing. I will miss her laughter, her witty sense of humor, her view on politics, and the wonderful stories she shared about you and your girls while I took care of her hair color every few months. Pat was my client for almost fifteen years and she will be dearly missed! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jean Giebenhain

January 19, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Pat was always bubbly, joyful, and enthusiastic. I will miss running into her on a daily basis in the JRC tunnel! She always made me smile. The UST community will miss her.

Serene Thornton

January 19, 2012

Our sincere sympathy on the loss of your mother. As a colleague at the University we especially enjoyed our St Thomas bridge evenings with Pat's great sense of humor and wonderful salads. She so loved talking about her beautiful granddaughters, showing us pictures and telling stories of their latest phone calls. With wonderful memories we never really lose our family and friends.

Debra Petersen

January 19, 2012

Kari and Family:
I am sorry for your loss.
I am saddened by the loss of a valued colleague and friend.
When I received a women's leadership award at St. Thomas in May I ended with this quote: " A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt
I told the audience that I included this quote because I have benefitted from the wisdom and encouragement of many strong women who have been in "hot water." I told them that I also included this quote because I wanted them to send healing wishes to Pat, who always asked me, "What would Eleanor say?" From the time that she attended my presentation on Eleanor Roosevelt in 1994 she always posed this question with a smile and a laugh. Seventeen years later I still didn't have a good response but I knew that it was the beginning of a lovely conversation with a treasured colleague.
Debra Petersen, Communication and Journalism, University of St. Thomas

Jessica Eckdahl

January 18, 2012

Dr. Howe, may you rest well in Heaven. I had the honor of taking two of your classes at UST, and your passion showed through every time. You are greatly missed.

Amy & Joe Pitt

January 18, 2012

Dear Kari,

We are thinking about and praying for you and your family during these difficult days.

Fondly, Amy (Thorne) & Joe Pitt

Karen Lange

January 18, 2012

To the family members of Pat Howe;
What a special person Pat was. I thoroughly enjoyed my interactions with her at the University of St.Thomas. She always had a positive attitude and such a warm and engaging personality. She will be missed. Peace to you all at this time.

Karen Lange


January 17, 2012

What a wonderful professor I had my freshmen year. She had such a brilliant mind and didn't hesitate to share it with us. I wish her soul sweet repose.