Yvone Kirkpatrick-Howat, 82, farmer, aided restoration

October 15, 2003

Yvone Kirkpatrick-Howat, an Anne Arundel County farmer who helped restore Historic London Town and Gardens, died Thursday of complications from emphysema at his Contee Farms in Edgewater. He was 82.

Mr. Kirkpatrick-Howat - whose first name is Scottish for Ivan - was born in Baltimore and raised downtown on St. Paul Street and in Mexico, where his father supervised construction of a portion of the Pan-American Highway.

A 1938 graduate of Gilman School, Mr. Kirkpatrick-Howat earned his bachelor's degree in 1944 from Duke University, where he studied biology, zoology and geology.

During World War II, he served as an Army lieutenant with mule-pack troops in Texas, and later as a medical administrator in Panama. After the war, he took postgraduate studies in agriculture and forestry management at the University of Maryland.

In 1947, Mr. Kirkpatrick-Howat moved to Contee Farms, which his mother had purchased in 1917. Part of the farm had been owned by John Contee, a naval hero of the War of 1812.

From 1946 until the mid-1950s, Mr. Kirkpatrick-Howat was vice president of Howat Concrete Co. in Washington. He subsequently worked as a consulting engineer before returning to his 600-acre farm to raise cattle and crops and manage a timber operation there.

He was named by then-County Executive Robert A. Pascal to head a commission that oversaw restoration at London Town and Gardens - a site at the confluence of the South River and Almshouse Creek that had been a busy 17th-century port. The 23-acre site also contains the Georgian-style William Brown House, a national historic landmark.

He was a founding member and had served as president of the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association. He was chairman of the Anne Arundel County Forest Conservancy Board and served on the Maryland State Forestry Board. He was a member of the London Town Foundation and Galesville Heritage Society.

Services were held yesterday at London Town.

Mr. Kirkpatrick-Howat is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Lauraine Speich; a daughter, Betsy Kirkpatrick-Howat of Edgewater; and several nephews and nieces.

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