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Lorn Lambier Howard


1917 - 2012 | Obituary Condolences
Lorn Lambier Howard Obituary
Howard, Lorn Lambier Dearly beloved, died October 8 in Dallas. His was an active 94 years of life, filled with devotion to his family, cutting edge endeavors in science and technology, and passionate love of music until the moment he died. Born on November 28, l917 to Edgar and Alberta Bullock Howard in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and the University of Illinois at Urbana. Lorn served his country as a radioman and electronic technician in the U.S. Navy from 1936 to 1946. In 1941 he married the love of his life, Etha Marie Johannaber, with whom he had three children and shared 67 years of mutual devotion. After receiving his doctorate from Michigan State University in 1959, he joined Southern Methodist University as professor of electrical engineering. Over the course of his 29 years of active tenure, Dr. Howard founded the Biomedical Engineering Program at SMU in cooperation with Southwestern Medical School, and he established the University's first Electron Microscopy Laboratory and Thin Films Laboratory. He also worked on grant projects for NASA and the National Science Foundation, was a founding board member of C-CAD (Computer Assistance to the Disabled). He served as president of the SMU Faculty Senate, and during his 13-year term as Chief Marshal to the University, he commissioned a new University Seal and directed all SMU convocations and commencements. In 2008 the Howard Lantern was dedicated to Dr. Howard in honor of his role in shaping the traditions and protocol of SMU's modern-day academic ceremonies. Since 1978, Dr. Howard has held the title of University carillonneur and until only a few weeks ago regularly climbed 67 steps to inspire the community with music from high atop the bell tower at Highland Park United Methodist Church. He retired in 1988 as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering; however, he continued to work on projects with the Advanced Technology Program at SMU until the time of his death. In retirement Lorn spent more time on his lifelong passion of making music, and as an accomplished organist and pianist, he delighted residents in his Edgemere retirement community at church services, birthday parties, and social events. His greatest thrill was accompanying his own musically talented children and grandchildren. A rare combination of rational thinker and hopeful romantic, Lorn loved life, lived it to the fullest and generously shared his gifts with the world. Lorn was preceded in death by his beloved Etha. He was deeply loved, and he is survived by his daughter Alaire Lowry (Tom) of Austin,TX, his son Jonathan Howard (Sue) of Monmouth Beach, NJ, his daughter Melanie Rummel (David Fowler) of Gainesville, FL, and his grandchildren Michael Lowry, Ethan Lowry (Kelly), Lindsey Howard, Kelsey Howard, Hayden Rummel (Laura), Mark Rummel (Melanie Jade), Drew Rummel, Elle Rummel and their father Ron Rummel, and his great grandchildren Evelyn and Genevieve Lowry. He is also survived by his sister, Twila Kimbrough, and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Johannaber and numerous nieces and nephews, including Kathryn and David Waldrep of Dallas. A memorial service celebrating Dr. Howard's life will be held in the Sanctuary at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas on Saturday, November 3, at 10 am. Memorial gifts may be made to Wilkinson Center "Providing pathways out of poverty", (www.wilkinsoncenter.org), or Boy Scouts of America (http://aplacetogive.scouting.org).

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 14, 2012
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