Condolence & Memory Journal

I was honored to work with Howard for a few years at Michigan. He was a private person, but shared bits of his life with me that I treasured. He was so pleased to have a daughter. He epitomized a gentleman and scholar. There were depths of knowledge he held to himself unless asked to explain. Never one to draw attention to himself, he observed and drew what he saw. I hold his memory in my heart.

Posted by Amy Brooks    July 14, 2011

I had the pleasure of working with Howard for about three years in the late 1990s. I had seen him around the office a few years before that and he struck me as quite eccentric. When we were placed in the same workgroup for the Online Directory (UMOD), which was called X.500 at that time, I got to know him a bit better and to enjoy his sense of humor and appreciate his way of thinking and doing things. He said little about his personal hardships, but I got the feeling that he was the kind of man to stay strong in the face of adversity.

As we were reassigned to different workgroups later in different buildings, I saw less of him, but whenever I was in his neighborhood, I would stop to chat for a while. That was always a great experience. I'll miss him and I wish the best for his family. We all benefit from having known this gentle man, Howard.

Posted by Lance E Sloan    July 11, 2011

Sorry we were unable to make to make the trip from Florida to the funeral.

Cousins, Bill & Fran Peplinski

Posted by William Peplinski    July 10, 2011

I worked with Howard from the beginning of his employment with the University of Michigan. He worked in the Machine room of the Computing Center, when they had the large mainframes, and tape drives with data on large reel tapes. Always a kind and gentleman. You knew when he was working on a project, he always walked the halls. Rest in peace Howard, a pleasure to know you.

Posted by Karen Dymond    July 09, 2011

Howard was one of my brother Squanto's best friends. They were always there for one another. We lost my brother Jan. 2, 2008. Now I guess they are together again, probably playing the trivia game they both enjoyed so much!
Howard will be missed in many circles. It was an honor to have known him.

Posted by MP Cotter    July 09, 2011

To the Family of Howard Young, I worked with Howard at the University UMCE area. He was a great guy to work with, when we had ITCS picnics he would sketch anyone he was wonderful at drawing/sketching. He will truly be missed.

Posted by Linda McGuire    July 07, 2011

I've known Howard since 1977. He had the desk next to mine at the UM Computing Center. Even then he paced up and down when he was thinking about a problem. Some time later my brother and I started playing softball with Howard's team. A great bunch of guys who played together for many years. Howard sure loved softball. We'll miss him.

Posted by Brian Cashman    July 06, 2011

I will miss Howard. I worked with him at U-M. I could always count on him to provide a thorough explanation of how things worked in the U-M Online Directory. He was always patient about explaining things so I could get the documentation right. Howard knew more about the directory than anybody, and he always thought first about how changes to it would affect the people who used it. He was very conscientious and worked hard to ensure that people's personal information in the directory was well protected. I'll miss his occasional wry comments in meetings and the way he paced up and down the halls, passing by my office with a nod and a small smile, when he was working on a particularly challenging problem.

Posted by Janet Eaton    July 06, 2011