Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 17, 2013

Remembering Principal Howe


The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

Bill Dalton’s article on Punchard (“A final recognition for Punchard,” Oct. 10) pointed out some great educators of that great high school.

Andover was fortunate to have a working relationship with another secondary school in town, Phillips Academy. Claude Fuess, the headmaster at Phillips at the time, recommended one of the school’s instructors to fill in as principal at Punchard and it was done. Harold Howe II served in the early 1950s and moved on to become the U.S. commissioner of education under President Johnson. Howe’s policies greatly enhanced the Civil Rights Act of 1965, especially for higher education. After leaving government service, Howe finished his career as funding administrator to India at the Ford Foundation.

I am full of gratitude that my letter to the editor on the absence of the Punchard name at the Town Offices resulted in a plaque to remedy that oversight.

Robert Stefani

332 South Main St.