After a full and active life, Francis Howard Anderson died at home on October 24, 2018. Howard grew up in Oneonta, Providence, and Gloversville. After high school Howard worked in a sawmill, studied at Albany State Teachers College, and went to the University of Chicago.
Howard served during World War Two in North Africa as an enlisted man. During Rommel’s last Tunisian battle, he became separated from his unit at night. He walked 100 miles behind enemy lines through the desert to return to the American lines. Howard served in the First Armored Division in Italy during the battles at Cassino, Anzio, Rome, and north through the mountains until the end of the war. He was wounded three times earning the Purple Heart, received the Bronze Star for heroic achievement during a battle near Serra di Gatto, and earned a battlefield commission as an officer, a recognition he considers the proudest of his life. Howard also served in the Judge Advocate Corps during the Korean War.
Howard earned his law degree from Albany Law School in 1947, worked in a general law practice in Cooperstown, and joined the Albany Law School faculty in 1958, teaching there until his retirement in 1980. He continued part-time teaching for ten more years at the Law School pro bono as his special contribution.
Howard married Evelyn Schrell of Fort Plain in 1945 and they raised six children in Cooperstown, John, David, Henry, Peter, Joyce, and Dag. Howard married Ruth Samore in 1975 and happily lived the remainder of his life with her in Glenmont.
Howard loved the outdoors, passing on the love of hiking and bicycling to his children. He was an avid racquetball player and earned several regional and national championships in 1981.
A visitation will be held at Applebee Funeral Home at 403 Kenwood Avenue in Delmar on October 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A private burial will take place in Oneonta.
Howard stated, “The law, the military, and politics have made life interesting.”
Those who wish may send a remembrance donation to their local VFW post in Howard’s name.