Published in The Washington Post on May 24, 2018
HOWELL MAXWELL ALLAN HOWELL November 1,
1926 ~ May 4, 2018 He was 91.5 years young.
Maxwell Allan Howell was born in Washington, DC to
Herbert and Bertha Howell.
His father, a lawyer, wrote the definitive book on
copyright law at the time. Maxwell and his older
siblings, Spencer, Dodie and Anne, now deceased,
grew up in Northwest Washington's Wesley Heights and he attended Horace Mann Grammar
School, Alice Deal Jr. High, and Wilson High School (1944).
On the very day of Germany's surrender, Maxwell entered the US Army. There fore, instead of
pilot training, he joined an Army band, where he played the saxophone and clarinet. Music
was his first love, but he said he met something called Mortgage, so law it was to be.
Following his discharge.
Maxwell entered Brown University on the GI bill and then attended Georgetown Law School at
night while working in the DC courts during the day. An accomplished lawyer, he spent the
majority of his successful legal career as a sole practitioner, specializing in transportation.
Although he liked what he did for a living, he loved his many interests more, and would check
his net worth occasionally to see if he could retire.
In 1989 he married the love of his life, Jill Macdonald Howell. They shared a love of opera,
exploring the city, and photography and spent 30 summers together in Sun Valley, residing for
the remainder of the year in Washington. Handsome, charming, witty and intelligent, Maxwell
had a zest for life. He was a keen marksman, skilled pool player, dedicated model railroad
hobbyist, avid photographer and an adventuresome deep sea diver. He had a passion for
woodworking, reading, bicycling and ice dancing. An accomplished musician, music filled his
After a 50-year hiatus, he resumed music lessons, practiced daily, and performed in duos,
trios, and quartets. As a member of the Alexandria Citizens Band, he played for Honor Flights
(veterans from WWII brought to Washington DC annually).
Maxwell Howell is survived by his loving wife, Jill Howell, his son and daughter-in law, Allen
and Amy Howell, his daughter Patricia Geyer and son-in-law Carl Geyer, his stepchildren
Kristen and George Graham, Andy Bauer, and Gregory and Valerie Bauer. He adored his
eight grandchildren, Perry, Erinn, Marc, Gillian, Alicia, Lucia, Geordie and Sandra.
Maxwell will be missed by all who knew him; including his large community of friends in
Washington, DC and Sun Valley, Idaho.
A memorial will be held in Sun Valley this summer, followed in the fall by a memorial in
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton Street
NW, Washington, DC 20008 or the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave
NW, Washington, DC 20016.