Memorial service pays tribute to former Baltimore FEB leader

Photo by Lisa R. Rhodes

A photograph of Richard Howell, former executive director of the Baltimore Federal Executive Board, stood near the altar of the Main Post Chapel on Tuesday afternoon. Howell died of natural causes on March 11 at age 78.

A small gathering of FEB employees and Fort Meade garrison leaders and employees attended a memorial service for Howell, which was officiated by Deputy Garrison Chaplain (Lt. Col.) David Cooper.

“He was clearly a gentleman, a consummate professional and he was honest,” Edward Novak, a retired FEB deputy executive director who worked with Howell for a decade, said at the service. “In today’s world, that says a lot.”

The mission of the Baltimore Federal Executive Board is to provide member agencies with outstanding and cost effective service and to ensure an effective civilian workforce, according to its website.

Howell became the board’s executive director in 1995.

“Fort Meade was a very special place for him,” Novak said.

Howell served more than 50 years in public service in both a military and civilian service career. A native of Connecticut, he began his public service career as a full-time technician with the Connecticut National Guard in 1957. After graduating Officer Candidate School in 1961, Howell was commissioned as a second lieutenant on active duty.

In 1972, Howell left active duty and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. He eventually became the deputy director for Personnel and Community Activities at Fort Meade.

In 1982, Howell returned to active-duty service as a lieutenant colonel with Headquarters, First Army at Fort Meade and was promoted to colonel in 1988. He retired from the Army a year later with more than 30 years of both military service.

Charlotte Howell died a day before her husband on March 10. The couple had no children.

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