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Howard H. Roberts ’50

Published in June 6, 2007, issue

Howard died Feb. 10, 2007, in Bryn Mawr Terrace, Pa. He had suffered from Parkinson’s, but a damaged heart led to his death.

Howard first attended Episcopal Academy before graduating from St. Paul’s. He then drove an ambulance for six months in India for the American Field Service. At Princeton, where his father was in the Class of 1903, he belonged to Ivy, majored in Spanish, and graduated with high honors.

After a short stint in banking, he changed to advertising. Then in 1983, he entered real estate with Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, from which he retired in June 2006.

Howard was a rhododendron enthusiast. He and Joan, his wife of 56 years, grew more than 400 plants at their Rosemont, Pa., home, where they lived for 37 years. His great quest was to create a good, yellow rhododendron for the Philadelphia climate. He was past president of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, active in his church, and on the board of the Dolphins of Delaware Valley, whose members visit nursing-home residents.

We extend our condolences to his wife, Joan; daughters Lisa and Averel ’77; son Owen; brother Bayard ’34; and three grandchildren.

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