John I. Howell, 97, Of Greenwich, WWII Veteran, Banker

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GREENWICH, Conn. - John I. Howell of Greenwich, and Springfield Center, N.Y., died Thursday, March 13. He was 97.

Howell was born Feb. 2, 1917, in Sewickley, Pa., the son of the Rev. Alleyne C. and Rosalie Howell. He graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., in 1935 and Yale University in 1939. In 1941 after war was declared, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Washington and later sent to Burma and China, where he provided intelligence on Japanese maneuvers.

He was employed by the J. Henry Schroder Banking Corp. in London and worked at the New York office of the company, where he became president in 1962 and then chairman of the board in 1970. In that capacity and eventually after his retirement, he went on to serve on the board of directors of several companies, including Ward Howell Associates Inc. and the American International Group.

Howell is survived by his son, John (Carol B.) Howell of Warwick, R.I.; daughter, Claire Blatchford (Edward) of Shelburne, Mass.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and companion, Marge Boger. He was predeceased by his wife, Nelda Audibert Howell.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at St. Barnabas Church, Lake Avenue, Greenwich. A second service is planned for early July in Springfield Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Head of The Lake, the corporation established to save the Otsego Golf Course, in care of the Otsego Land Trust, P.O. Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

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