Dr. Donald Ray Howard, 79, died Tuesday, February 5, 2013, in Overland Park, Kansas, where he was visiting family, after having worked and resided in the Dallas area for 44 years.
Donald Howard was born on November 27, 1933, in Topeka, Kansas, the son of Laverne and Mildred Howard.
Following his graduation from Topeka High School, he attended Washburn University and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He married Esther Hilte Howard in 1956, and the couple had five children: Harmony Howard, who preceded him in death in 1965, Melody Kirkland, Donald Howard, Daniel Howard, and Duane Howard.
Other survivors include Jo Ann Hazzard Howard, whom he married in 1997; stepchildren Cynthia Contess and Steve Hazzard; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Howard Anderson; and cousin Glen Guffey.
Dr. Howard attended Talbot Theological Seminary, obtained his M.Th. and his Ph.D. from Bob Jones University, and was pastor, principal, vice president and president of various organizations, as well as the founder of Calvary College, Accelerated Christian Education, School of Tomorrow, Texas Eagle Charters (now Responsive Education Solutions), and School Reform Inc.
A man of unique vision and leadership, Dr. Howard's life's pursuit was the advancement of individualized education and developing innovative tools that transformed education internationally.
His life's inspiration was Jeremiah 33:3: "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
A memorial service will be held at Covenant Church in Carrollton, Texas, 2660 E. Trinity Mills Road, Carrollton, TX 75006, on March 16, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.
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