Dr. Emery Howard Jr.
Rockland — Dr. Emery B. Howard Jr., 78, of Rockland died peacefully at his home July 23, 2012.
Most everyone knew him as "Doc" because he served as a pediatrician to generations of children since 1963. “Doc” Howard was born Jan. 31, 1934, on Rankin Street in Rockland to Emery B. Howard Sr. and Esther (Perry) Howard.
Doc graduated from Rockland High School in 1952, and was class salutatorian. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1956. On Dec. 14, 1957, he married Germaine G. Moulton. They moved to Boston where he attended Tufts Medical School, graduating in 1959. In 1960, he moved to Portland, where he served his internship and residency at Maine Medical Center. He returned to Rockland in 1963, and served as a pediatrician until his retirement in 2009. He was a consistent and well-respected part of the local community. He also earned the nickname "Grumpy" for his perceived demeanor; however, his devotion to the care and well-being of all the children and families in the Rockland area is legendary.
Doc’s love of golf was extraordinary. A member of the Rockland Golf Club, he served on the board of directors from 1982-87 and as president for three years. He had a tremendous amateur career. There were very few days in the year when he wouldn’t be found on a golf course, regardless of the weather. Doc had been a scratch amateur golfer and served as pro at the Rockland Golf Club in the mid-1950s. At age 16, he won a junior tournament with an 18-hole round of 69. He was the 1955 state intercollegiate golf champion as a University of Maine at Orono senior. He had about 10 career holes-in-one, including a double eagle on the par-4 17th hole at RGC. He won many club championships (his earliest at age 17), and once played 13 1/2 rounds of golf in one day. He played in both the Central and Eastern Maine Seniors Golf Associations, and frequently played in the weekly State of Maine Amateurs tournaments. After his retirement in 2009, he spent three winters in Baton Rouge, where he made a name for himself on the local golf scene.
Doc also enjoyed basketball and played for coach DiRenzo's high school basketball squad. He was the second leading scorer for the Tigers in 1952 with 12 points per game. He coached pee wee basketball at the Rockland Recreation Center, and played for many years in local adult softball and basketball leagues.
Doc was inducted into the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Doc spent 20 years as doctor on the sidelines at Rockland District High School football games caring for injured young student-athletes.
He was a Maine School Administrative District 5 board member from 1964 through 1978, and chairman for four years.
Doc is survived by son and his partner, Mark Howard and Jonas Beattay; son Gregory Howard; granddaughter and her husband Rebecca and Patrick Lowe, and their children Noah and Jaxon; granddaughter and her husband Julia and Todd Curtis; sister, Carolyn Grant; sister-in-law, Katy Howard; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Germaine Howard; son Emery B. Howard III; brother Perry; and sisters Dorothy and Nancy.
At his request, no service will be held. Memorial gifts in Doc’s memory can be made to the Rockland Golf Club Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 507, Rockland, ME 04841.
Condolences may be sent to 990 Fulton Street, No. 307, San Francisco, CA 94117; or in Doc’s online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.