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June 2, 2015
Press Release

“It was with great shock and sorrow that my wife, Lisa, and I learned of Jonathan Howes’s death last Sunday morning. Jon and his wife, Mary, have been friends of ours for over 40 years, and compatriots in many endeavors.

“Jon was the epitome of a public servant. We know first-hand of his accomplishments as Mayor of Chapel Hill, for Lisa worked as his assistant during those years. He served North Carolina for five years as Secretary of the Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources. He directed the University of North Carolina’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies and later co-chaired development of the Campus Master Plan. He led nationally through the National Academy of Public Administration and the National Association of Regional Councils.

“Through these decades of service to campus, community, state, and nation, Jon displayed a remarkable capacity to inspire and persuade, to collaborate and build consensus, and to give generously of himself. Chapel Hill recently recognized him as a Town Treasure, an apt designation for how many of us feel about Jon and our association with him.”