Lawrence Howe '38 (1994)
It is a great personal privilege for me to represent the School in honoring Lawrence Howe of the class of 1938. Larry is this year's recipient of the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition, presented each year to an alumnus whose life work exemplifies the school's motto "Live and Serve." Larry's professional career has been distinguished, and he has contributed his time and wisdom to a wide range of civic organizations. For me, he started as an avuncular family friend, and subsequently became a role model, consultant on school leadership and personal friend.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Harvard, Larry joined the US Navy. Upon his return form service he obtained a JD degree from the University of Chicago. He was lured from the private practice of law into the business world by a major client, Bell & Howell. Later, Larry joined the Jewel Companies, where he was vice-chairman when they were taken over in 1984.
At a time when some might have chosen a well-deserved retirement, Larry began a new career. He has been Executive Director of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club since its inception in 1984. The Committee was created by individual business leaders and Chicago's distinguished Commercial Club to help develop broad-based economic policy for the Metropolitan area. Job creation, school reform, government services and, most recently, the myriad issues surrounding Cook County Hospital are all areas which the committee is addressing.
Community service is hardly a recent interest of Larry's. He has long been a director of Evanston Hospital and has served as a trustee and village president here in Winnetka. He has also been a director of Loyola University and United Charities. Larry's many contributions to North Shore include service on the Board of Trustees, which he chaired for two years. He has assisted in several major fundraising campaigns and is now a Trustee of the School's endowment fund. We previously honored him by making him a Life Trustee of the School. He and Tina have also provided four distinguished graduates.
Larry, your approach to life and your willingness to serve indeed qualify you as a role model for this or any other graduating class. I am pleased to confer on you the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition.
Presented June 10, 1994
John Darrow '65, President, Board Of Trustees
The North Shore Country Day School