An Appreciation: Carl Chandler Howard

Submitted by Carleton-Willard Village

Donna Maria Regis (NEC ’79, Life Overseer and former Trustee/Annual Fund Chair)
Donna Maria Regis, a New England Conservatory graduate and Life Overseer, performed some of Mr. Howard’s work during the May 11 memorial concert. Courtesy image

Carl Chandler Howard an architectural engineer, composer, poet, musician, investor, philanthropist, and a major benefactor of the New England Conservatory passed away in January, 2014 in his 107th year.  He was a 32-year resident of Carleton-Willard Village.

A memorial concert celebrating Mr. Howard’s life was held at Carleton-Willard Village on Monday, May 11.

“Mr. Howard was a remarkable person and we were privileged to get to know him. He made his home with us for over 32 years.  Always self-effacing, Mr. Howard gave us only limited glimpses into his immense talent. There was always so much more to learn.  We will miss him,“ said Lois Young, Director of Llewsac Lodge.

The concert program included Mr. Howard’s original music, poems and limericks; the music of others; and reflections by friends and fellow New England Conservatory  (NEC) alumnae.  Susan Turner (former trustee, State Street Trust) read from Mr. Howard’s poetry and Donna Maria Regis (NEC ’79, Life Overseer and former Trustee/Annual Fund Chair) performed some of Mr. Howard’s original piano compositions. There were also flute, piano and accordion selections that were popular when Mr. Howard was a young man,  and others that celebrated his Irish ancestry.


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