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Past PPA President Colbert Howell dies

12.6.2016

Colbert Howell, M.Photog.Hon.M.Photog.Cr., died on Nov. 19, 2016. Howell served as president of PPA in 1993-94.

Howell was born in Mapleton, North Carolina in 1941, and attended North Carolina State University, where he received a degree in industrial arts. After teaching woodworking for four years at a high school in Raleigh, North Carolina, Howell jumped into his true passion: professional photography. From 1960 to 1997, he thrived as a pro, making countless portraits and photographing thousands of weddings in Raleigh and its surrounding areas.

As he built a flourishing studio, he also built a strong presence in professional circles, eventually becoming president of the Professional Photographers of North Carolina, the American Society of Photographers, and PPA.

After a nearly 40-year-long career as a successful wedding and portrait photographer, Howell and his wife, Barbara, retired to a horse ranch in Missoula, Montana, where he busied his days running a sawmill, fixing ranch equipment, and raising hay.

The family suggests that donations in Howell’s name can be made to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.

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