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Howard Alton Coulter

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Howard Alton Coulter, 76, of 1606 Pinehurst Drive, Lady Lake, Fla., died Aug. 12, 2003 at Albany Medical Center.

He was born in Williamstown, Mass., Feb. 26, 1927, son of Alton Numan and Wilmetta Irene (Marsh) Coulter. He graduated from the former Williamstown High School in the class of 1945.

Mr. Coulter was a U.S. Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of Williams Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Williamstown, the Scottish Rite Lodge, council and chapter in Pittsfield and was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Valley of Springfield and a member of Melha Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of the Mystic Shrine, Springfield.

He was a member and trustee of Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion in Williamstown and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #8304 of Williamstown. He was also a member of the Fabulous Forties of the Williamstown High School and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1945. Upon his release to inactive duty in 1947, he attended the former Bliss Business College in North Adams after which he was purchasing agent at Noel, Inc. in North Adams, Mass. until his recall to active Naval service in 1952. Upon his discharge in 1953 he was employed by the Williamstown National Bank and was named president in 1965. He served as president and chief executive officer there, and through a succession of mergers, until his retirement in 1988. During his career he had been proprietor of Taconic Business Service, business administrator of the Williamstown Medical Associates, he was a registered public accountant, a certified commercial lender, and served on numerous banking and civic organizations. Of these he was past president of the Williamstown Board of Trade, Williamstown Boys Club and the Williamstown Community Chest.

His hobbies were golfing, motorcycling and hunting.

He leaves his wife, the former Camille Elise Chenail and three sons, Scott Alton Coulter, of Lakeville, Mass., Stuart Ralph Coulter of Trabuco Canyon, Calif. and Tracy Howard Coulter of Hubbardston, Mass.; two sisters, Dorothy A. Davidson of Waco, Texas and Nellie A. Coulter of Orrs Island, Maine; and four grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Mr. Coulter is to be cremated and at his request there will be no formal funeral. A memorial service will be held at the Veterans Lot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown, Mass. at the convenience of the family.

Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association through the office of the George M. Hopkins Funeral Home, 61-67 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA 01267.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 14, 2003
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