Pamela Howard

Pamela Howard, Lt Col USAF (Ret) 57, died peacefully at her home in Monument, CO, on Monday, November 4, 2013 following a long battle with cancer that was first diagnosed twelve years ago. Pam was born into the family of US Army Colonel Carroll and Wylene Howard, the second of three children. She graduated from the University of South Alabama with a BA in criminal justice in 1977, and earned a Juris Doctor from The University of Alabama School of Law in 1980. She had a distinguished military career, and served in various capacities and locales as an Air Force Judge Advocate General. Among her many military awards were the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
After retiring from the Air Force in 2004, Pam obtained her Colorado teaching credentials from Regis University and taught social studies at both Lewis-Palmer High School and Palmer Ridge High School in Monument. She was part of the core planning team for the new Palmer Ridge High School. Pam loved teaching where her repertoire included Advanced Placement US History, European History, and World History classes, as well as Psychology and Sociology classes, and where her students consistently achieved incredible passing statistics.
Pam is survived by her husband, Bill Kirkman, son Alec, daughter and son-in-law Heather and Peter, father Carroll, brother Joseph, sister Jan, three grandchildren, and numerous extended family members, friends, students, and colleagues. She was preceded in death by her mother, Wylene.
There will be a celebration of Pam's life on Saturday, November 16th, 1:30 pm, at the Spruce Mountain Ranch, Larkspur CO. Burial with full military honors will be Monday, November 18th, at 10:30 am, at the US Air Force Academy Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pam Howard Memorial National Honor Society Scholarship Fund, c/o P! almer Ridge High School, 19255 Monument Hill Road, Monument, CO 80132. This fund will be used to award student scholarships and to help teachers purchase class enriching materials. ~or~ Forest Ridge Community Church, 1435 Cipriani Loop, Monument, CO 80132.

Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Nov. 14 to Dec. 13, 2013