The convocation, which marks the end of the 1997-98 academic year, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Chapel. In addition to Howard's talk, the college will recognize outstanding student achievement during the preceding year through the awarding of prizes and other honors. The event is open to the public.
Howard came to Hamilton from nearby Binghamton with the help of a college scholarship. As with many in his generation, his studies were interrupted by the war, but he returned to College Hill and received his bachelor's degree in 1948. He joined his family's hardware business after graduation, but left five years later to begin what would become a highly successful career in the securities industry.
Beginning with Reynolds & Company brokerage firm, he contributed, over the next 30 years, to the company's expansion and success, eventually retiring in 1984 as executive vice president of what had become Dean Witter Reynolds. Over those years, Howard was also an active member of his community, working with the local Republican Committee, the zoning board of appeals, the United Fund, the local hospital and his church.
Howard also has served since 1975 as a member of Hamilton's Board of Trustees, including service as the regional chair of the Campaign for the '90s. In 1996, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation from the College, Howard was presented with an honorary degree from his alma mater.