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Howard Thomas Major

April 28, 1945 ~ November 7, 2018 (age 73)


Howard Thomas Major was born to Ruth Major (Rowen) and Milton Major on April 28th, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  He is proceeded in death by his older sister, Mitzi. Howard was a father to son Markos Thomas Major, and step father to Chelsey Joy Comins. Previously married to Joy Anderton, Markos and Chelsey are children of Howard and Joy.  Through his marriage to wife, Debbie Major, of 16 years, he is also survived by step-children Jo Ann Keller, Dusty Keller and Tory Keller.

Howard graduated from Loy Norrix Public High School in Kalamazoo in 1964.  He later attended Western Michigan University, eventually receiving his Doctorate in Education in Educational Leadership.

His first years teaching were in a small farming community called Ida, in Southwestern Michigan.  He taught High School Government classes for many years and eventually began teaching at community colleges, including a long stint at Jackson Community College (JCC) where he would eventually enter an administrative role.  He would later recall that JCC was the favorite position held, both because of the co-workers, students, and the work performed. 

Back before the web was king, he co-created a successful two-way-television business, called “Distance Learning Dynamics” which facilitated learning between small colleges and connected rural students with teachers in central locations. 

Later, with wife Debbie, he would move to Florida, Arizona, and eventually Loveland Colorado where he spent his final years.  In the Front Range, Howard cultivated strong community at Laramie Community College, where he served as the Academic Dean of Arts and Humanities. 

While in Arizona, Howard served as the Library Director, Research Coordinator and Research Methods faculty member for PIHMA Acupuncture College. While he retired from full-time employment at PIHMA, he remained as a research faculty member until this past summer.  

Howard was an avid Michigan State University football fan. He loved college football, and the occasional online row with UofM fans.  Howard loved animals, loved Lake Michigan and the water, immensely enjoyed political discussions and was a constant defender of American democracy. 

A celebration of life ceremony will take place in the spring of 2019 at Howard and Debbie’s home in Loveland, Colorado.

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