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Rev. Parkman Dexter Howe

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Gilford, NH -----Reverend Parkman Dexter Howe, Jr, 88, of Gilford, NH died at his home, on Saturday, March 29, 2003.

Mr. Howe was born in Clinton, MA on September 12, 1914, the son of Grace (Cummins) and Parkman D. Howe, Sr. Mr. Howe grew up in Needham, MA and attended Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. He graduated from Harvard University in 1937.

Parkie married Helen McIntosh in 1941. They were married for 50 years until her death in 1991. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1941, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. He served aboard the destroyer escort Francis M. Robinson, leading convoys across the North Atlantic. The ship was credited with sinking two submarines.

Mr. Howe pursued work in manufacturing and farming in Laconia and Gilford, NH. In the early 1950's he attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, VA and graduated in 1955. He was ordained into the Episcopal Ministry. He served at Christ Church, Exeter, NH and was the rector at Grace Church, East Concord, and St. Mary's, Penacook, NH.

In the early 1960's, Rev. Howe became involved in the civil rights movement. He worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in Alabama and Mississippi, registering voters. His work in this area culminated in the Civil Rights March with Martin Luther King, Jr from Selma to Montgomery, AL in 1965.

From 1965 to 1974 Rev. Howe served as Chaplin and Assistant Headmaster at The Darrow School, New Lebanon, NY.

Rev Howe retired to Gilford, NH where he served on the planning Board for many years. In 1986 he and his wife Helen, were chosen Grand Marshals of Gilford Old Home Day. He was also active on the Board of the Spaulding Youth Center. He was a member of the society for the protection of New Hampshire Forest.

Rev. Howe was an avid sailor and member of the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. He regularly won races and regattas on Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. He also sailed on the coast of Maine and Nova Scotia. He circumnavigated Newfoundland, and sailed past the northernmost town on the east coast of North America, Nain, and Labrador. He was elected a member of the Cruising Club of America.

Rev. Howe was also a marksman and a hunter. He hunted various big game animals in Scotland, Newfoundland, New England, Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. He was active in the hunter safety program of the National Rifle Association.

Survivors include five children; Jonathan Howe of Pittsburg, NH; Parkman Howe III of Carlisle, MA; Andrew Howe of Gilford NH; Sara Howe-Cobb of Augusta MT and Barbara Howe of Helena, MT Two sisters, Marietta Cutler of Needham, MA and Maud Rheault of Dover, MA; 11 grandchildren and 11 nephews and nieces.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at The Meredith trinity Episcopal Church, 93 Route 25 Meredith, NH on Wed. April 2, 2003 at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Robin Thomas, rector of the church will officiate. Interment will be at a later date at the McCoy Cemetery, Gilford, NH

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rev. Howe's name to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forest, 54 Portsmouth St. Concord, NH 03301; Episcopal Relief and Development, P.O.Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101 or Community Health and Hospice Inc, 780 North Main St., Laconia, NH 03246.

The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH 03246 is in charge of the arrangements.

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