Tributes to Richard Howey R.I.P. from Microscopy-UK webmasters, Micscape readers and virtual friends
compiled by David Walker, Micscape editor
Mol Smith, Microscopy-UK webmaster: It is with a sad heart that we announce the death of our friend and colleague, Professor Richard Howey, this month. He has been a major contributor to Micscape Magazine since the very beginning. His knowledge, fine humour, and wit will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Richard continued to contribute right up to the end despite his failing health and daily discomfort. You can see much of his work on Micscape in an earlier tribute to celebrate his 80th birthday. This has been extended to include a linked list of articles from our Search engine.
Richard Howey also had his own website (now archived at www.archive.org) where he shared aspects of his Micscape contributions but also included essays on 'A Trip to East Germany' (as a research student studying philosophy) and 'Recollections of O. K. Bouwsma' (while studying for four years at the University of Nebraska).
David Walker, voluntary Micscape editor: My co-webmaster Mol Smith and I were very saddened to hear of the passing away of Richard on October 8th 2023 in a local hospice, Laramie, Wyoming. Richard has been contributing for 25 years since August 1998 and both Mol and I greatly valued the virtual friendships built up over that time. We swapped emails at least monthly to help present his articles and enjoyed regular banter on our own news, projects and putting the world to rights. His output and breadth of articles was phenomenal. For many years he shared two articles each month and despite increasingly failing health in recent years and months he was still determined to share his enthusiasm, passion and humour in a monthly article. His splendid legacy of over 350 articles forms part of our site archive but also part of the Internet Archive which regularly mirrors our entire site. We pass on our sincere condolences to his wife Adrianne, family and friends. Thank you to his close friend Troy Carlyle for passing on this news.
Professor William J. Devlin, Department of Philosophy, Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, MA, USA: Bill Devlin was a student of Richard's in a Master's Programme at the University of Wyoming in 1999 and remained a close family friend until his passing. A moving and eloquent tribute including comments on with links to a selection of his articles illustrating the breadth of his interests is presented separately here.
Professor Sebastien Hess via Facebook Messaging (Research Fellow at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada): "Dear David, I'm very sad to hear about Richard's death. He greatly influenced me when I was a young student. I was thrilled by his articles about Lacrymaria and he gave me several hints on how to cultivate protozoa. Back then this was my hobby. Now I'm a professor as well (working on Protist Biology) and always remember when he told me that videos of protists are very important to understand their behaviour. At a time where most people just took micrographs this was pioneering I think."
Facebook Amateur Microscopy group: Responses to the announcement of his sad passing by the Micscape editor:
Further tributes to Richard Howey, sent to the Micscape Editor
welcomed which will be collated to pass on to his family.
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Published in the November 2023 edition of Micscape Magazine.
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