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Howard E. Holmquist (1927 - 2013)

Mr. Howard E. Holmquist (known fondly by his close friends as "Howie") passed away on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Howard was born in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Emil C. and Anna G. Holmquist. He earned a BS in Chemistry in 1947 from Northwestern University and a Ph.D at the University of Minnesota in Organic Chemistry in 1951. Howard relocated to Delaware in 1951 to join the DuPont Company and had a very successful career where he worked in Research and Development for 37 years.

Howard had a great love for music from classical to jazz. He learned to play the clarinet and later taught himself how to play the saxophone through basic lessons. He enjoyed many years playing with the Rhythm Doctors dance band, First State Symphonic Band, Tex Wyndham's Red Lion Jazz Band, and the Breck's Mill Band dating back to the 1950's. Howard could not have been any prouder when he received a 2012 Award from the First State Symphonic Band recognizing his 55 years of accomplished service.

Among his friends and colleagues Howard was known and admired for his encyclopedic memory on a wide range of subjects including history, music and sports. He followed professional baseball and hockey and could be relied on for immediate historical and statistical information on each. In the Rhythm Doctors, when a song was requested, his colleagues could count on him to provide not only the composer's name and the date the song was written, but, also the number it had been assigned in the music folder.

He travelled extensively and compiled a large collection of hotel stickers from around the world. His friends, who were planning a trip, would frequently ask his advice on accommodations and points of interest and would in turn be asked to bring back hotel stickers for his collection. He was a member of the Delmarva Ornithological Society and regularly participated in bird-watching and bird-counting activities. Howie was a member of the DuPont Country Club where he regularly played golf.

Howie will be dearly missed by all his friends. At his request, Howard was buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago nearby the graves of his beloved parents.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 23 to Mar. 24, 2013
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