Passing of Doug Howlett


04/09/2010 -
It is with much sadness that I inform you that
Doug Howlett passed away about 2pm today. 

Memorial Service

The memorial service for Doug will be held on:

Monday April 12 at 7:00pm. 
Location -  First Presbyterian Church of Somerdale
                     142 West Somerdale Road
                     Somerdale, NJ 08083

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers,
donations to be made to:

                 " In memory of Doug Howlett "

Sent To: Spring Mountain Ski Patrol
                 10 East 7th Street
                  Lansdale PA 19446.




Submitted By: Hank Jansen - Spring Mountain



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Douglas Howlett; ran Brooklawn's school

Douglas W. Howlett, 65, of Somerdale, a former superintendent of the Brooklawn School District who was involved with the National Ski Patrol locally and nationally, died of complications from prostate cancer Friday, April 9, at Virtua Marlton.

His devotion to passing on knowledge to help others better themselves was evident in his everyday life, from his career as a superintendent to his seasonal hobbies, skiing and sailing.

Mr. Howlett was "a teacher at heart," said his wife, Cheri.

While completing his doctorate in education at Temple University, Mr. Howlett was hired in 1975 as principal and superintendent of Alice Costello Elementary School, the only school in the Brooklawn district.

He quickly became known for smart leadership in managing the district's budget and for working hard on teachers' contracts, former School Board President Kathleen Maass said.

Mr. Howlett's down-to-earth personality allowed him to be strict on policies and have a take-charge attitude that people could appreciate, Maass said.

"He trained the school board secretaries himself, and there were quite a few of them," she said.

As superintendent, he developed special-education and child-study team services, and implemented a program for gifted and talented students.

A technology geek for most of his life - he owned a video camera and an early cell phone - Mr. Howlett planned, installed, and maintained the school's computers and computer lab.

His last major project before retiring in 1999 was renovation of the school, which had been built in the 1920s.

"The school was so small and really needed to be renovated, so that's what kept him going," his wife said.

After retiring from Brooklawn, Mr. Howler worked as the director of the Gloucester County Educational Technology Training Center until 2001.

He also became assistant patrol director with the National Ski Patrol at Spring Mountain ski resort in Schwenksville, where he had been a ski-patrol volunteer since 1987.

He worked there from early morning to late night at least five days a week, aiding skiers or training other instructors, patrol director Hank Jansen said.

In 2008, Mr. Howler was appointed national program director of instructor development. He held that post until he died.

"He had the knowledge, and he had the skills," Jansen said.

He also was an American Red Cross first-aid instructor and worked during summers as a sailing instructor at the Cooper River Yacht Club.

Until recently, Mr. Howlett also taught computer science at Camden County College and worked as a computer consultant.

He was born in Glen Ridge, Essex County, and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1966, he received a bachelor's degree in education and history from Michigan State University and worked for a year at a middle school in Ohio before following his new girlfriend, Cheri Illy, to Cherry Hill.

Mr. Howlett landed a job at Carusi Junior High School teaching social studies in 1968, and he married in 1970. That year, he joined the National Ski Patrol, volunteering at Ski Mountain in Pine Hill until its closing in 1987.

He received his master's degree in education administration in 1971 and his doctorate in education in 1976, both from Temple.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Howlett is survived by daughters Jenny Dyer and Mandy Marrella, a brother, and a sister.

A memorial service was held Monday, April 12.


Article from  Philadelphia Inquirer by staff writer Claudia Vargas
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04/07/2010 -

I just got home from visiting Doug in the hospital.  He is not doing well.  He is on O2 and blood transfusions.

He is having difficulty breathing and speaking.  He asked for our prayers.  Any cards should be sent to his home.

Hank Jansen - Spring Mountain





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