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Howard Francis Corcoran ’28

Published in Oct. 11, 1989, issue

Howie Corcoran died of cancer at his home in Washington, D.C., on May 11, 1989. He had a long and distinguished career with the federal government, culminating with 22 years of service as a judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington. He came to Princeton from Exeter and graduated from Harvard Law School in 1931. At Princeton, he played lacrosse and sang in the Glee Club. He was a member of Tower Club.

Before settling down to a career in law, Howie signed on as a crewman aboard the square-rigger Tusitala, which sailed around the Horn. Later, he paddled down the Amazon from its headwaters to its mouth. He then served with several agencies of the New Deal, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Dept. of Agriculture, before he became an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern Dis¬trict of New York. He later was appointed U.S. attorney for that district. In 1943, he resigned to join the Army. He served in England, France, and Germany and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Croix de Guerre. After his separation (as a lieutenant colonel), he practiced law in New York and in Washington. He was appointed to the District Court in 1965 and served until he retired in 1987. He was a member of the Congressional Country Club, the Lawyers Club, the Army-Navy Club, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Howie is survived by his widow, Esther, whom he mar¬ried on May 31, 1952; his brother David M. '25; and a nephew, David M. '66. To Esther and David and his many nieces and nephews the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1928

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