Alumnus and former university administrator dies


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 6, 2013) — Retired Lt. Col. George L. Howell, Jr., a Tuskegee alumnus and former university administrator died Aug. 29.  He was 80.


Howell worked for Tuskegee from 1975 to 2005.  He served the university in numerous positions including: vice president for business and fiscal affairs, special assistant to the president, director of physical plant, and director of purchasing. After retiring, he continued to serve as special assistant to the president until former Tuskegee University President Benjamin Payton’s retirement in 2010.


Before working for the university, Howell spent 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  He began his military career at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in June 1955.  While in the military, he distinguished himself in both flying and support functions. As a master navigator, his assignments involved tours with the 74th Fighter Squadron Thule, Greenland; 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, Otis AFB, Massachusetts; and the 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, McClellan AFB, California.  Additionally, he served as a communications-electronics officer with the 505th Tactical Control Group, Republic of Vietnam and the 665th Radar Squadron, Watertown, N.Y.


Howell also commanded the 776th Radar Squadron located in Point Arena, Calif. where he earned the Meritorious Service Medal. He was cited for his professional skill, knowledge and leadership.  His oversees duties also included tours in Korea, Japan and Thailand.


Among the awards and decorations he received during his years of service are: the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal.


Howell was born to the late George L. Howell, Sr. and Elva Jackson Howell on September 24, 1932 in Philadelphia, Penn.  He graduated from Tuskegee Institute High School in 1950 and later went on to attend Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University).  In 1954, he became one of 26 Tuskegee Institute students elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.  In 1955, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.  In 1982, Howell was awarded a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Auburn University Montgomery.


In 1958, George married Addie Everett from Moultrie, Ga.  They had three children:  Cynthia, Kenneth, and Reginald. Howell and his wife served as surrogate parents for a host of nieces and nephews and their friends as they attended Tuskegee University over the years.  He was an active member of Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church where he and his wife taught a Sunday School class on the first Sunday of each month.


Howell leaves behind his wife of 55 years; a brother, retired Lt. Col. Thomas Howell; a daughter, Cynthia D. Howell of Chicago; and two sons:  Kenneth L. (Lenora) Howell of Birmingham, Ala. and Reginald G. (Marie) Howell; three grandchildren: Lauren Howell, Reginald Hunter, and Coretta Hunter of Tuskegee, Ala.; as well as many other family members and friends.


There will be a public viewing for Howell today from 2 to 6 p.m. at McKenzie's Funeral Home, 1509 Notasulga Road, in Tuskegee, Ala. The funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church, 1510 Washington Ave., in Tuskegee. For more information, contact McKenzie's Funeral Home, Inc. at 334-727-1750.

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