James Howenstine Jr.

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Dr. James ("Jim") Alfred Howenstine, M.D.

84, died at home on June 7, 2013 in Heredia, Costa Rica.


Born on September 1, 1928 in Columbus, Ohio, the firstborn child of James Alfred Howenstine, Sr. and Catherine Beecher Chancellor Howenstine. Father was an entrepreneur/manufacturer who innovated the use of the illuminated plastic sign. Mother was a descendant of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin") and former schoolteacher. Jim grew up in Lima, Ohio, attended Ohio State University for two years, then completed a B.S. in Biology at Denison in 1950. Earned a M.D. degree from Northwestern in 1954. Served two years in Navy as a Ward Medical Officer in South Carolina. Completed Internal Medicine residency at Boston City Hospital (Tufts) in 1960.


Completed a one-year National Institutes of Health nephrology fellowship at UCSF in 1961. Had an Internal Medicine private practice in San Francisco from 1964-1991 and was also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF during that time. Moved to Arizona in 1991 to become Head of Internal Medicine at Thomas Davis Medical Center in Glendale. Retired in 1997 after a 36-year medical career and moved to Costa Rica with his wife, Lourdes. Came out of retirement to practice alternative medicine and author the book, "A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work".


Loved to travel, follow sports (esp. the Buckeyes), play golf, read and eat. Will be remembered for his intelligence, affability, quick wit, stubbornness, incessant curiosity and dedication to the Christian faith. Survived by wife, Lourdes; siblings, Louise Whiteford, Virginia Robison, John Howenstine and Tom Howenstine; son, Michael McDermott, and daughters, Marisa Howenstine, Sabrina Howenstine and Lara Howenstine. Preceded in death by his sister, Elinor Howenstine, who died in 2011.


Memorial held at Funeraria Polini in San Jose, Costa Rica on June 9, 2013. Another memorial to follow in late summer at Forest Home Cemetery in Hicksville, Ohio.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 16, 2013
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