Howard Sprecher
1936 - 2019
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Sprecher, Howard
1936 - 2019
Howard Sprecher, age 83, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2019. He was born on October 13, 1936, in Witwen, Wisconsin to the late Melvin and Della Sprecher. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dace (Briedis); daughter, Mara (Robert) Lorance; son, Christopher (Jill) Sprecher; and grandchildren, Mackenzie and Addison Lorance and John and Joseph Sprecher; aunt, Florence Sprecher; sister, Lucille (Norman) Silvester;, and many nieces and nephews. Howard graduated from North Central College in 1958 and received his Ph.D. In biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. Howard was professor emeritus in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Howard was a foremost expert on fatty acid metabolism and synthesis of complex lipids and prostaglandins. He was the author of more than 200 publications. He was the most proud of having NIH funding for his research for 30 continuous years. After retirement, he took up golf, played duplicate bridge and traveled the world with his wife. Memorial service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at First Community Church South Campus, 1320 Cambridge Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43212. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation US Bank, Lockbox Box 78807, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53278 or Faith Mission, 245 N Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.schoedinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to SCHOEDINGER NORTHWEST CHAPEL.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2019.
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December 13, 2019
Dear Dace, I don't have your home address so I have to use this avenue to express my deep sorrow at Howard's passing and condolences to you and your family. The ~seven years we had together at OSU were wonderful and you and Howard were Ann and my best friends. I remember admitting Chris to the NICU, our bridge games together and especially our delightful trip to the Caribbean before we moved to Augusta. I hope those wonderful memories will help you.
Love, Alex Robertson, 4192 W. Lang St., Farmville, NC.
December 12, 2019
I first met Howard Sprecher when I was a PDF at the Hormel Institute in Austin, MN and thoroughly enjoyed the discussions and insight he brought to lipid metabolism. He was a remarkable and knowledgeable person. There were many times at conferences or by phone we discussed critical issues related to lipids, and I must admit have been the beneficiary of valuable advice. I wish the family and his many friends God's comfort and hope during this time of remembering how much he has meant to us all.

December 11, 2019
My condolences to Dace and the family. Dr Sprecher was always in my memory as a great mentor and my PhD advisor. I learned alot from his depth of lipid biochemistry knowledge plus had a great time in his lab. May he rest in peace.
Selma Mohammed, St louis, MO
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December 11, 2019
What a remarkable man Howard was. He was so proud of Dace. Howard was soft spoken and offered so much insight. His kindness and genuine interest in many things was infectious. He will be sorely missed.
Aimee Calvert, Columbus, OH
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December 10, 2019
I am very sorry to hear of Howard's passing on and extend my sincerest condolences to the family. I have so much enjoyed and been edified by Howard at many scientific conferences around the world. He contributed so much to essential fatty acid biology and chemistry and his work will always be remembered.

norman salem, jr.
norman salem, Rockville, MD
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December 9, 2019
I have numerous good memories of playing tennis with Howard at Players' Club. He was an excellent competitor, but most of all he was a true gentleman on and off the court. I am better for having crossed paths with him.
Joe Caruso, Columbus, OH
John K.G. Kramer
December 11, 2019
My condolences to Dace and the family. Dr Sprecher was always in my memory as a great mentor and my PhD advisor. I learned alot from his depth of lipid biochemistry knowledge plus had a great time in his lab. May he rest in peace.
Selma Mohammed
Student
December 11, 2019
What a remarkable man Howard was. He was so proud of Dace. Howard was soft spoken and offered so much insight. His kindness and genuine interest in many things was infectious. He will be sorely missed.
Aimee Calvert
December 10, 2019
I am very sorry to hear of Howard's passing on and extend my sincerest condolences to the family. I have so much enjoyed and been edified by Howard at many scientific conferences around the world. He contributed so much to essential fatty acid biology and chemistry and his work will always be remembered.

norman salem, jr.
norman salem
December 9, 2019
I have numerous good memories of playing tennis with Howard at Players' Club. He was an excellent competitor, but most of all he was a true gentleman on and off the court. I am better for having crossed paths with him.
Joe Caruso
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