End of an Era for the Institute

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January 27, 2012

Dr. John R. Howard, Professor Emeritus of International Studies and former Institute Director passed away on January 9.  Dr. Howard began teaching part-time for the Institute (then School of International Studies) in 1960 and joined Dr. Nicholas Nyaradi as a full-time member of the Institute faculty in 1963.  He served as Institute Director from 1973-1982 and retired in 1998.  In his retirement, he was a frequent visitor to the Institute office and he often sat in on the senior thesis presentations in IS 495--a course he taught for over 30 years.  Dr. Howard's impact on the Institute is immeasurable.  He played an integral role in designing the IS degree program as well as many of its courses.  His work and his leadership are greatly responsible for the distinguished reputation the Institute enjoys today.

On a personal note, Dr. Howard was my mentor during my tenure in IS both as a student and as a faculty member.  Professor Jeanie Bukowski enjoyed the same mentoring experience with Dr. Howard, and Institute Secretary Jeanne Clayton had the privilege of working with Dr. Howard since she arrived at the Institute in 1977.  He was a dear friend to all of us, and we shall miss very, very much.

Chuck Bukowski, Director, Institute of International Bukowski