Stan and Helen Howe
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It is with great sadness that we inform you that former Tippie Advisory Board member and Tippie Society Member Stan Howe has passed away at the age of 93. Howe is pictured here with his wife Helen and Finance Professor Jay Sa-Aadu.

Stan Howe was the former CEO and Chairman of HON Industries and a longtime supporter of the Tippie College. He became a founding member of the Tippie Board of Visitors (now called the Tippie Advisory Board) in 1984 and served on the board until 2009. Howe’s impact on the Tippie College is impressive: the Howe Galleria is named in his honor and he was instrumental in supporting the development and construction of both the Pappajohn Business Building and the Pomerantz Center. Most importantly, Howe pledged $2.5 million to support and enhance the college’s evening MBA program in 1998. This gift enabled the college to bring the administrative functions of that program in-house, which has proven critical to our financial well-being ever since.

A native of Muscatine, Howe received his undergraduate degree in engineering from Iowa State University and his MBA from the Harvard Business School. In honor of his many contributions to the University of Iowa, he received the UI Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995 and the Iowa Business Leadership Award in 1986. A full obituary is available in the Quad City Times: Visitation will be Thursday, April 27 from 4-7 pm and funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 28 at the Lewis Funeral Home in Muscatine, Iowa.

In closing, we share these thoughts from former Dean Gary Fethke on Stan Howe:

Our friend, Stan Howe, died this past weekend at age 93. Stan was a charter member of the Board of Visitors and, certainly, one of the college’s most generous and personally committed donors and advisors. His most important contribution, given its critical timing and the generous level of support, was a direct gift of $250K a year for ten years to support the then fledgling development of the Evening MBA Program. That insightful and generous gift was absolutely essential in the evolution and eventual success of that program. We simply could not have made the progress we did without his help. The MBA-PM stands today as a living testament to Stan’s insight.

Stan was employee number 11 at HON; he rose to be the CEO and Chairman and led HON Industries for many years. He had a MBA from Harvard, which gave him great pride and he recognized the need to provide an opportunity for working Iowa professionals to obtain a MBA. He particularly recognized the outreach potential of the Evening MBA. Stan also initiated a special session of the Executive MBA Program we offered in Muscatine, to all qualified applicants. That program was a stunning success.

I also fondly remember the day, when I was Associate Dean, when Stan came into my office and wrote out a personal check to support the Howe Galleria. That was the largest personal check I’d ever seen.

Stan was one of those donors who listened carefully to the plans (“dreams”) of the College and then aggressively supported the programs that he found to be the most interesting and important. He wanted to see the effects and accomplishments of both his giving and his participation. He was always willing to listen, always accessible, and always ready to provide a quick “yes” or “no” to a request for assistance, usually it was a “yes.”

We will miss this great Iowan, who had a quirky sense of humor and lively personality. He was a person who possessed deep integrity and longstanding affection for the University. Stan and his wife Helen backed-up their commitment to education not only at the University of Iowa, but also Iowa State University, and Iowa Wesleyan College. Stan and Helen Howe gave millions to these institutions and, equally important, they gave freely and generously of themselves. We benefited enormously from knowing this great couple. I know that Stan was proud of the Tippie College. We owe him and Helen more than our gratitude.