Clewell 'Bud' Howell Jr., Retired Lawyer

August 25, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Clewell "Bud" Howell Jr., a retired lawyer and computer enthusiast, died Aug. 18 of emphysema at his Towson home. He was 79.

Mr. Howell was born in Baltimore and raised on Baltimore Avenue in Towson. He was a 1948 graduate of McDonogh School and earned a degree from Duke University in 1952.

He then served two years in the Army and was assigned to a Nike missile base. His decorations included the marksman and sharpshooter's badges.

After being discharged from the Army in 1954, he enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1957.

He established a private practice in Towson, specializing in estate planning and wills. During the 1961 Berlin crisis, he was recalled to active duty, and served with an artillery unit for a year.

After returning to civilian life, he was an assistant state's attorney before joining Maryland National Bank in 1973.

Later that year, he joined the Towson law practice of Thomas L. Hennessey, where he remained until establishing his own practice in 1978. He retired in 1995.

A computer hobbyist, Mr. Howell established the Baltimore Area Commodore Users Club, a computer club.

Interested in genealogy, he compiled a two-volume family history.

The longtime Wilfred Court resident was a member of the National Huguenot Society and the Maryland Club.

His wife of 46 years, the former Margaret McDorman, died in 2008.

Services were held Saturday.

Surviving are two sons, Clewell Howell III of Towson and David J. Howell of York, Pa.; a sister, Martha T. Howell of Wilmington. N.C.; and twin grandsons.

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