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Howard E. Waddell ’65

Published in Mar. 23, 2005, issue

Howie died Feb. 9, 2005, of leukemia in Miami.

He lived in Plainfield, N.J., and in Rochester and Syosset, N.Y., while growing up. He majored in economics at Princeton and participated in the NROTC program before joining the Navy as an officer. While serving on nuclear submarines, Howie developed a lifelong love of travel to exotic places and met his wife, Vivian, who survives him after 36 years of marriage.

After the Navy he joined Ryder Truck Rental and was a marketing manager for 18 years before founding his own marketing-research business, which he ran until just before his death. He and Vivian shared an abiding interest in and knowledge of tropical plants, especially palms. His yard was filled with mature trees and small palms he had grown from seeds. He was active in the International Palm Society, having recently served as treasurer, and was a longtime volunteer at the Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami, where his memorial service was held.

Howie was predeceased by his brother, John H. II '50, and is survived by Vivian and two sisters, Annabeth McCorkle and Susan Neal. The class extends its condolences to them on the loss of our classmate.

The Class of 1965

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