Jay Howenstine

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  • "Dear Elsie, As a fellow houser, I can testify that Jay made..."
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HOWENSTINE JAY HOWENSTINE (Age 95) On Sunday, September 6, 2009, JAY HOWENSTINE died peacefully at home, as he slept after watching the US Open Tennis on TV. Family, friends, out of doors and interacting with people all over the world were some of the main pleasures of his long, productive and interesting life. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Ohio State University and devoted his professional life, apart from 4 years in academia, to national and international civil service. This included 20 years at the International Labor Office in Geneva Switzerland and 17 years at HUD in Washington, DC. All involved housing. For many years he was active in various organizations and affordable housing causes in Arlington. He was a co-chairman of the Coalition for Housing in Arlington (CHA); a member of the AHC Board of Directors; an active member of ANDC; a Board member of BRAVO and an active member of the Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church. He is survived by his wife, Elsie; sister, Ellen Coinman; brother, Bill; son, Bob; daughter, Judy; step-daughter, Patricia; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A service to Celebrate Jay''s Life will be held at the Arlington Unitarian Church on October 31 at 2 p.m. Donations may be sent to the Howenstine High Magnet School, 555 South Tucson Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716. An explanation is perhaps in order here. The school was named after Jay''s father for his contribution to programs for handicapped children. The school was originally for handicapped students only, but later the student body was widened and now they all participate in building houses on school property through Habitat for Humanity. This thus combines Jay''s love of children, education for all and affordable housing. Checks should be made out to Jay Howenstine Memorial Fund and will be used for building materials, etc. for the houses.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 26, 2009