In Memoriam - Bill Howard


In Memoriam - William "Bill" Howard

William "Bill" Howard, 88, Cal Poly Professor Emeritus passed away on August 29, 2020 surrounded by family and friends at his home in San Luis Obispo. Bill received a BA in history and philosophy and a master's in Geography from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Planning from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After teaching at the University of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver, and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he was hired to head Cal Poly’s City and Regional Planning Department in 1980, a position he retained until 1989; he retired a professor emeritus in 1994. He was responsible for the department’s first professional accreditation in 1984, and during his tenure the total students enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate programs increased from 84 to 251. Bill was a cherished professor and department head whose passion for city planning and endless energy continuously enriched students' education and preparedness for the "real world" through projects assisting communities in their planning efforts.  

In honor of Bill's legacy, a scholarship in his name has been established to support students in Cal Poly’s Master of City and Regional Planning program. Contributions can be made by online ( or by sending a check to: City and Regional Planning Department, Cal Poly, 1 Grand Avenue, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0283. If sending a check, please reference the "William Howard Scholarship" in the memo line. 

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