Elmira, NY- F. M. Howell & Company today announced with profound sorrow that George L. Howell, Chairman passed away peacefully at his home on November 22, 2015.
Howell dedicated nearly 60 years of active service to the family business, F. M. Howell & Company. He was the third generation of the Howell family to lead the company. Under his stewardship, the company grew from one division to its current three divisions. He was currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of F. M. Howell & Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc. Work was George’s passion. He set an example for his employees and all who knew him by demonstrating an extraordinary work ethic.
A respected leader in the paperboard packaging industry, Howell served on the Board of Directors of two national trade associations, the Paperboard Packaging Council and the National Paperbox Association.
Howell attended Lehigh University, Class of 1955, where he was a member of the Eta Chapter of Psi Upsilon. He served in the United States Army from 1956 to 1958.
Howell led F. M. Howell & Company with his daughter Katherine H. Roehlke. Roehlke currently is President & Chief Executive Officer at F. M. Howell & Company and also serves as a Director of Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc., Elmira Savings Bank, the Paperboard Packaging Council, and numerous other community organizations.
At the time of his death, Howell was serving as Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors of Elmira Savings Bank, Trustee Emeritus of Elmira College, as a member of the Board of Directors of The Hilliard Foundation, Southern Tier Economic Growth, Inc., Twin Tiers Economic Development, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Historic Elmira, Inc. He was an Honorary Trustee of the Arnot Art Museum and the Chemung County Historical Society. Howell was also serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Chemung County Historical Society and a member of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee of the Arnot Health Foundation. He also was serving as the Secretary of the Psi Upsilon Association of Elmira and was the Treasurer of Lake Street Presbyterian Church.
Of great importance to Howell throughout his life was his service to the Elmira community. He spent his life tirelessly promoting and supporting Elmira, New York. Howell’s contributions to the Elmira community are countless. He spent the last several years dedicated to historic preservation and founded Historic Elmira, Inc. in 2007. He was currently serving on the Trustee Council of the Preservation League of New York State and as a member of the Technical Services Committee.
Howell was awarded the Key to the City of Elmira in 1993, the 2000 ARTS Partnership Award from the ARTS of the Southern Fingers Lakes, the 2003 Robert Gair Award from the Paperboard Packaging Council, the 2008 Chemung County Chamber of Commerce Mary E. Kennedy Community Builder Award, the 2009 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Five Rivers Council Boy Scouts of America, the 2013 United Way Errol Shand Award for Volunteer Service, and the 2013 Psi Upsilon Philanthropist Award.
About F. M. Howell & Company
F. M. Howell & Company is a fourth generation family-owned and privately held business that was founded in 1883. F. M. Howell & Company provides packaging products and services to the pharmaceutical, industrial, and consumer products industries. The Howell Company is a Women's Business Enterprise. Three divisions offer related services to the pharmaceutical industry and related healthcare industries:
- Howell Marketing Services, a provider of fulfillment and distribution services.
- Howell Packaging, with sales offices in Elmira, NY and Suffern, NY, specializing in the design and manufacture of folding cartons and rigid boxes and is a provider of contract packaging services.
- Howell Plastics, a leader in custom thermoforming of high quality plastic packaging products.
About Howell Liberatore and Associates, Inc.
In its 73rd year, Howell Liberatore and Associates, Inc. (HLA) is a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency. The Agency provides clients with advertising, public relations, print, broadcast, and digital media services. They serve Business-to-Business (B2B) clients in economic development, manufacturing, professional services, and technology sectors; and Business-to-Consumer (B2C) clients in travel, tourism, fine arts, financial services, health care, events, consumer goods, and numerous non-profits. More information can be found at www.HLAmarketing.com.