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William David Howell ’51

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William David Howell ’51, December 24, 2014, in Omaha, Nebraska. William earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing a thesis on pterin pigments of Lepidoptera with Prof. Ralph W. Macy [1942–55]. He went on to earn an MD from the University of Oregon and an MS in radiation biology from the University of Rochester. He was a career U.S. Air Force medical officer who was recognized as an expert in occupational medicine and medical epidemiology and in biological, chemical, and radiological defense. He was promoted to chief of preventive medicine in 1974, and his medical practice took him to numerous locations in the Pacific and Middle East. William and Carolyn R. Risk were married for 50 years and had two daughters and two sons. His wife and children survive him, as do five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2015

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