Millard Howard

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Millard A. Howard
1935 - 2018

PALERMO - Millard A. Howard passed away Friday, July 27, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease, born Dec. 1, 1935 to Forrest and Malvina Howard. He was predeceased by brothers Maurice and Milton.

He spent nearly his entire life living in Palermo leaving only for brief periods to attend school. Millard loved to read and developed a thirst for knowledge at a very young age. He graduated as valedictorian from Erskine Academy continuing on to become the first in his family to attend college. He received a Bachelor's degree in history from Clark University, again graduating with highest honors. He went on to attend a year at Harvard receiving a Master of Arts degree. While attending to his studies he began working for the State of Maine, taking a support position at a location known as "the farm" adjacent to the Augusta State Hospital, later AMHI. Upon graduation from Harvard, he began a career in mental health and public service with the Augusta State Hospital, holding several positions and moving the hospital forward until his retirement in the early 1990's.

He was also very active locally serving as a selectman, a trustee at Erskine Academy, and being involved with numerous local organizations. He had a passion for history and genealogy. He was involved extensively with the Palermo Historical Society as well as having written, An Introduction to the Early History of Palermo Maine, Second Edition.

While his health allowed, Millard enjoyed traveling taking several trips to Europe. He was proud of where he came from and loved to serve his community in any way he could. Over his many years of travel he amassed an extensive library occupying nearly all of his 3500 square foot barn. Although never married and having no children Millard was exceptionally proud of his family and was ever involved in their lives.

He is survived by his nephew Mitchell Howard of Yarmouth; and his great-nephews Vincent, Christian, and Charles Ireland.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, August 6, at the Palermo Public Library at 2789 Rte. 3, Palermo.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Smith Cemetery Preservation fund
c/o Norma Swift
2591 Level Hill Rd.
Palermo, ME 04345

Published in Central Maine on Aug. 2, 2018
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