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October 1, 1915 - January 28, 2011
Howard Banzett, age 95, of Huntington Beach, CA, died in his home surrounded by family. Howard was born in NYC to William and Minnie Banzett. He grew up in Bergenfield, NJ, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SB'38 SM'39, and married his high school sweetheart, Edna "Terry" Anderson in 1940. Howard worked for Alcoa for 41 years in Edgewater NJ, then Lancaster, PA, where they raised two children - Bob and Lorelle, and finally in Vernon, CA.
Howard served as an officer of the Soc. for the Advancement of Management and the Manufacturers Assoc. in Lancaster, the National Screw Machine Products Assoc., and the California Manufacturers Assoc.. He supported MIT throughout his life, returning for class reunions until 2003.
Howard loved sailing. He learned to sail in an MIT Tech Dinghy on the Charles River. He taught his children to sail, cruised the coast of Maine with his son, and continued sailing with his family until last year. He and Terry lived on the water in Huntington Harbour, traveled extensively after retirement in 1980, and pursued life-long interests in gardening, skiing, and reading.
Howard was active in the Lutheran church, and served as congregational president and on governing boards with special interest in physical plant. He sang in the choir with Terry until 2007. He was generous with his treasure, time and talent. At church or at home, there was nothing he couldn't repair.
Howard is survived by his wife, Terry, son, Robert, of Brookline, MA and daughter, Lorelle, of Truckee, CA. A memorial service will be held on Friday Feb 4 at 11AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 6931 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. Howard will be interred at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster, PA.
Memorial donations can be made either to Grace Lutheran Church, or to MIT to buy a new Tech Dinghy in his honor. (Donations to MIT, account #2737867, c/o Bonny Kellermann, 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500; Cambridge, MA 02139). Include note stating gift is in memory of Howard Banzett.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 1 to Feb. 2, 2011