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Obituary of Dr. David Allyn HOWARD

David Howard, Professor of History, Houghton College


Dr. David Allyn HOWARD, 76, of Houghton, NY, died peacefully at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, 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, NY 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, MA. 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 andConquistador 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, NY, 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.


Friends may call at Grace United Church, Wellsville on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev will officiate. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody, MA.  

Memorials may be made to the Liberal Arts Scholarship at Houghton College, Houghton, NY or Grace United Church, Wellsville, NY. 

Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

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