Ocean City Today

Thomas Howarth

Jan 25, 2018
Thomas Howarth

printed 01/26/2018

Ocean Pines

Thomas Howarth, a retired certified public accountant and trade association executive, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.

A resident of the Washington D.C. area for over 50 years, he moved to Berlin in 1992.

Mr. Howarth was born in England in 1921, migrating to Springfield, Massachusetts with his family in 1926. He attended the Springfield public schools and after graduation in 1939 worked for the Springfield National Bank before serving with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Following the war, he continued his education at Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C., receiving his master’s degree in 1947 and his CPA certificate in 1948.

He left the profession of public accounting in 1957 to become secretary and treasurer of the National Coal Association, serving also as treasurer of the Coal Exporters Association, Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. and Fuels Research Council.

He left the coal industry in 1970 to become the director of Government Relations for the U.S. Independent Telephone Association where he served until accepting the appointment as deputy staff director and budget officer of the Select Committee on Assassinations, U.S. House of Representatives in 1976 which investigated the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Following the completion of the committee’s work in 1979, Mr. Howarth worked for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board until his retirement in 1988.

Mr. Howarth was an instructor in accounting for the American Institute of Banking, 1947-57, lecturer in finance and budgeting for the Institutes for Organization Management, the educational arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1965-73. He was also chairman of the Board of Regents of this organization, 1969-1970.

He also taught at Georgetown University and Benjamin Franklin University in Washington, D.C.

An active Episcopalian, he was a member of the Department of Finance, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington for 14 years, serving as chairman of the department, 1963-67, and treasurer of the Diocese, 1969-73.

A 40-year member of Grace Episcopal Church, Silver Spring, Maryland, he served as treasurer, chairman of finance, vestryman and senior warden. Upon his retirement to Berlin, Maryland, he became a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he was a vestryman, chairman of the finance committee and choir member.

He was a life member of the American and D.C. Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, and a life member of Almas Temple, A.AO.N.M.S. and Joppa Lodge No. 35, F.A.A. M., Washington, D.C. He was a member since 1966 of Burning Tree Club, Bethesda, Maryland.

Survivors include a son, Thomas K. Howarth of Ocean Pines, Maryland; former daughter-in-law, Marsha Howarth of Ocean City, Maryland; two grandsons, Alex Howarth and his wife, Beth, of Alexandria, Virginia and Justin Howarth and his wife, Maureen, of Ocean City; three great-grandchildren, Raisa, Elsa and James Dutch Howarth.

Also surviving is a sister, Hannah Elizabeth Yacovone of St. Pettersburg, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Stanley Howarth and Lewis Howarth. There are several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Berlin. The Rev. Michael Moyer will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Paul’s churchyard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 429, Berlin, Maryland 21811, or the American Heart Association, at 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231.

Letters of condolence may be sent to the family at burbage@burbagefuneralhome.com.

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