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Davis Crowell Howes

Davis Crowell Howes

Male 1922 - 2011  (89 years)

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  • Name Davis Crowell Howes  [1
    Born 27 Jan 1922  New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Education
    • Friends Academy, Avon Old Farms School, Brown University (NROTC commissioned an ensign, Oct. 1943), and Boston University School of Law (1950)
    Service Between 1943 and 1945  [3
    US Navy USS Baldwin DD624 
    Name Davis C Howes  [4
    Occupation Between 1950 and 2010  [2
    Lawyer 
    Residence 2010  South Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 5 Apr 2011  South Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • From www.southcoasttoday.com: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110410/NEW S03/104100341

      DARTMOUTH - HOWES, Davis Crowell, 89, of South Dartmouth, MA. April 5, 2011 at home. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Barbara "Polly" Benson Howes and their children: Alexander Howland Howes, of Kingston, MA, Betts Howes Murray and her husband Wisner, of Cohasset, MA, Timothy Crowell Howes and his wife Jane, of South Dartmouth, MA, and four grandchildren: Francis & Polly Murray, Davis & Alexandra Howes. Born January 27, 1922, in New Bedford, MA, Davis Howes was the only child of the late Helen Howland Davis and Paul Crowell Howes. He was a graduate of Friends Academy, Avon Old Farms School, Brown University (NROTC commissioned an ensign, Oct. 1943), and Boston University School of Law (1950).

      Mr. Howes was a one of a kind, part of "the greatest generation". He was senior partner at Prescott, Bullard & McLeod, believed to be the 2nd oldest continuing law firm in the United States, and practiced law for 60 years. His secretary of 40 years, Nancy Wedge, said "I believe he was the last remaining attorney from the 'old school'. He loved the law, especially complicated legal issues. Many younger attorneys referred to him as the 'dean of real estate', helpful to them with complex titles. If they couldn't figure it out, they would say 'ask Davis'".

      Judging from how much he enjoyed talking about those years, his service in the Navy was the most formative experience of his life. In WWII he spent approximately two years aboard the USS Baldwin DD624. In his first year of duty, the USS Baldwin operated in the European Theatre of the War, and after the surrender of Germany, was en route to take part in the invasion of Southern Japan when the War ended. His letters home formed the basis for his contributing chapter, DREAD OF THE UNKNOWN, in the book Assault on Normandy, published by Naval Institute Press in 1994. After law school he was recalled to active duty for one year during the Korean War, during which time he was assigned to Naval Intelligence School in Washington, D.C. He officially retired from the Naval Reserve in 1964 as a Lieutenant.

      Believing in the obligation of community service, Mr. Howes was active in local organizations, serving as a President of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society, Dartmouth Town Meeting member, Director of St. Luke's Hospital & of Merchants Bank. He was a Golden Life member of the US Naval Institute (since 1943), New Bedford Yacht Club (its most senior member), Wamsutta Club, New Bedford Port Society, Low Tide Yacht Club. He served as a trustee of charitable organizations and as a chair of the most recent capital campaign of the Humane Society & Shelter South Coast. He was a lifelong sailor in just about anything that would float, including cruising and racing sailboats, twice navigating the Newport-Bermuda race, and for years sailing around Padanaram Harbor with his wife in his maternal grandfather's 12' spritsail rig sailboat. He was devoted to his wife Polly and she to him.
      A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 at the Congregational Church of South Dartmouth. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests donations to the Humane Society and Shelter, 31 Ventura Drive, Dartmouth, MA 02747. Arrangements by Wilson Chapel, New Bedford.
    Person ID I12794  ONS
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Father Paul Crowell Howes,   b. 27 Sep 1891, New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Helen Howland Davis,   b. 1 Jan 1894, New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 30 Jun 1917  Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F7842  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Benson,   b. 20 May 1931, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 2013, South Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 2 Dec 1950  Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    Family ID F4115  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Jan 1922 - New Bedford, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Dec 1950 - Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2010 - South Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Apr 2011 - South Dartmouth, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Francis Newton Howes with son, and grandson.
    Francis Newton Howes with son, and grandson.
    Davis Crowell Howes elder son is also in the photograph
    Davis Crowell Howes
    Davis Crowell Howes

  • Sources 
    1. [S407] Tim Howes2.

    2. [S619] South Coast Today, www.southcoasttoday.com.

    3. [S886] The Hour, Norwalk, CT, www.southcoasttoday.com.

    4. [S461] Death report - spouse.