DR. ROMELEE A. HOWARD died peacefully at his home in Nantucket, MA on November 16, 2011, with his devoted wife of 64 years, Eileen Howard, at his side. Dr. Howard was 100 years old. Romelee Anthony Howard, the son of the late Fletcher and Carrie Howard, was born in Thornton, Arkansas, on July 31, 1911. Following his mother’s death, he was raised by his father and loving stepmother, Tamer Butler Howard, in Kansas City, KS, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class at Sumner High School in 1930. A 1934 graduate of Ottawa University, Ottawa, KS, he received his M.D. from Howard University Medical School, Washington, D.C. in 1940 and then interned at Freedman’s Hospital (now Howard University Hospital). Following his medical training, Dr. Howard worked for the United States Public Health Service in Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, and the Bahamas before returning to school for his Masters in Public Health Administration, which he received from the University of Michigan in 1948. Dr. Howard served as Director of the United States Public Health Service Mission in Monrovia, Liberia from 1948 to 1952, where he conducted research on the use of chloroquine in the treatment of malaria. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Howard opened a private medical practice in the Bronx, New York, which he maintained until 1980. He was an active participant, and an office-holder, in the National Medical Association. He continued to care for patients after closing his private practice, first with the Health Insurance Plan of Greater New York, and later for City of New York Health Department Clinics focused upon well-baby care, HIV/AIDS and drug rehabilitation. He retired after 55 years of medical practice in 1996. Dr. Howard was a member of the Knights of Columbus for over forty years, reaching Fourth Degree status, and was honored as a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in 1983. He was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He served on the Board of Trustees of Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT, from 1984 to 1994 and received the Bishop Curtis Award at the conclusion of his term. Dr. Howard was a long time resident of New Canaan, Connecticut, where he was a congregant at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church. In 2000, he began living year-round on Nantucket, where he had been a frequent visitor for four decades. He was an active member of the Church of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle. Dr. Howard was predeceased by two brothers, six sisters and his oldest child, R. Anthony Howard, Jr., Esq. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their three other children, Dr. Karen Brody of Fairfield, CT; Cynthia (David) Payne, Esq. of Oxford, CT; and Theodore A. (Judith) Howard, Esq. of McLean, VA; three siblings, Edmund Howard, Adolph (Ethel) Howard and Jeanetta Hughes of Kansas City; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Dr. Howard was a participant in the Harvard Medical School Longevity Study. A memorial service is planned for early 2012. In recognition of Dr. Howard’s long-time dedication to issues of children’s health, wellness and development, contributions in Dr. Howard’s honor and memory will be made by the family to St. Mary’s Little Lambs Playgroup, a program for infants through preschoolers, as well as to the St. Mary’s Children’s Liturgy of the Word (c/o Church of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Isle, 3 Federal Street, P.O. Box 1168, Nantucket, MA 02554). – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/stamfordadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=romelee-howard&pid=154963540#sthash.GAFekYnj.dpuf