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Frank E. Howe II

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Frank E. Howe II, former managing and executive editor for The Call, of Douglas, died Thursday, July 13, 2006, at Memorial Hospital in Worcester, after a long illness.

Born in 1924 in Bennington, Vt., he was the son of the late Edmund P. and Helen P. Howe. He and his wife, Virginia L. (Wills) Howe, former retail advertising manager for The Call, were married for 45 years.

A 1943 graduate of Staunton Military Academy, Staunton, Va., Mr. Howe majored in journalism at Syracuse University and entered the newspaper business in 1950 following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Frank E. Howe, a well-known and much beloved publisher and statesman.

Mr. Howe was a copy editor for the Syracuse Post-Standard in New York, and the editor and publisher of the Bennington Banner, his family’s newspaper, for 12 years.

He joined The Call in 1962 as the Uxbridge bureau chief, later serving as copy editor and assistant managing editor for five years. Mr. Howe was named news editor in 1966 and managing editor in 1978, a position he held for 15 years. In 1994, at the age of 70, he retired as executive editor. Mr. Howe was honored for both his editorial writing and newspaper design, which included first place for page one layout from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association.

Mr. Howe served with the 26th Yankee Infantry Division for three years in France and Germany during World War II. He was wounded in action and later transferred to the Air Force headquarters in Europe.

A former president of the Vermont Press Association, Mr. Howe also served on the three-member Vermont Highway Commission, which built Interstate 89, the road from Brattleboro to the Canadian border, south of Quebec.

He was a member of the Rotary Club, The Bennington Club, and was on the board of directors of the Lake Mansfield Trout Club. He also served as a selectman for the town of Bennington.

A man with many interests, Mr. Howe was an avid fly fisherman, bridge player, fine arts photographer, golfer, collector of stoneware and redware, writer of an antiques column, sports fan, gardener, specializing in growing and drying herbs, and publisher of a booklet on stoneware.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Howe leaves two daughters, Autumn Howe Lees of Douglas, Saile Howe Prosser and her husband, Steven, of Holden; and six grandchildren, Michael Lees, Ryan and David Prosser, Thomas, Charlye and Rylie Howe.

And from a previous marriage, four children, Peter Michael Howe of Worcester, Frank E. Howe III of West Boyleston, and Karen Howe of Clinton. He was predeceased by a son, Bruce W. Howe.

Calling hours are Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Jackman Funeral Home, 7 Mechanic St., Douglas. Private funeral and burial at Park Lawn Cemetery, in Bennington, will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Douglas EMT Association, P.O. Box 1065, Douglas, MA 01516.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 15, 2006
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