Resolution J1396-2013

Commending Lou Howard upon the occasion of his selection as the inaugural inductee of the Farmingdale State College Aviation Hall of Fame, on December 19, 2012

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  • Apr 23, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Apr 23, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 19, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Lou Howard upon the occasion of his
selection as the inaugural inductee of  the  Farmingdale  State  College
Aviation Hall of Fame, on December 19, 2012

WHEREAS,  In the course of the evolving development of the Empire State,
there have emerged certain public servants of truly magnanimous  conduct
and  bearing;  we call these individuals "distinguished citizens" of the
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  commend  such  a
distinguished  public  servant,  Lou  Howard,  upon  the occasion of his
selection as the inaugural inductee of  the  Farmingdale  State  College
Aviation  Hall  of Fame; he was honored at an inauguration ceremony held
on Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at the Aviation Flight Center, Farming-
dale, New York; and
  WHEREAS, The Farmingdale State  College  Aviation  Hall  of  Fame  was
established in August 2012 to honor members of the college community for
outstanding  achievement  in  aviation,  and for service, dedication and
commitment to the Farmingdale State  College  aviation  program  or  the
local aviation industry; and
  WHEREAS,  Lou Howard is Professor Emeritus and retired Chairman of the
Aerospace Technology Department at Farmingdale State College; and
  WHEREAS, One of the pioneers of what was known as  the  Department  of
Aerospace  in 1969, Lou Howard is credited with ensuring the development
and success of the then fledgling program, which began with  just  three
planes  and today boasts a fleet of 23 planes, two flight simulators and
a 19,000-square-foot Aviation Center at Republic Airport  consisting  of
classrooms,  aircraft  and  engine  labs, flight operations and briefing
rooms, an aircraft hangar and faculty offices; and
  WHEREAS, Lou Howard is widely respected for his expertise; he wrote an
early textbook designed to teach pilots  how  to  fly  using  instrument
landing systems and was appointed to serve on a federal advisory to help
design  the  first space shuttle for NASA; to commemorate the 50th anni-
versary of Charles Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight, he  retraced
the flight, landing in Le Bourget field outside Paris, France; and
  WHEREAS,  Formerly  a  member  of  the  New York State Assembly, and a
Presiding Officer and member of  the  Suffolk  County  Legislature,  Lou
Howard was also Mayor of the Village of Amityville; and
  WHEREAS,  Lou  Howard's  extraordinary  public service extended to the
field of education; he was a teacher  at  Amityville  High  School,  and
served  as  its head football coach, coaching nine straight championship
teams; and
  WHEREAS, Lou Howard was appointed to the State University of New  York
(SUNY)  Board  of Trustees in 1997 and served as a member for six years;
he is currently on the College Council at SUNY Stony Brook; and
  WHEREAS, Former publisher and owner of THE AMITYVILLE RECORD  and  THE
SUFFOLK COUNTY NEWS, Lou Howard is the author of five books and numerous
technical articles and is well known as a motivational speaker; and
  WHEREAS, His achievements of in-depth magnitude have earned him numer-
ous  accolades;  he  has  been named to six Halls of Fame, including the
Long Island Sports Hall of Fame, the Springfield College  Athletic  Hall
of  Fame,  and  National  Football  Foundation  and College Hall of Fame
Coach; he was named, also, as one of the  Town  of  Babylon's  ten  most
influential people of the 20th century; and
  WHEREAS, Lou Howard received a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring-
field College, a Master's degree from New York University, a Certificate
of  Advanced Study from Hofstra University, and a PhD from Western Colo-
rado University; in addition, he served his country for  four  years  in

the  United  States  Army  Air  Corps and holds numerous advanced flying
ratings; and
  WHEREAS,  During  the entire period of his community service, a period
of constructive involvement, Lou Howard has stood constant  in  dignity,
good grace and humor; and
  WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife of 64 years, Margaret,
their seven children and their spouses, as well as twenty grandchildren,
and  seven great-grandchildren, all of whom feel privileged to be a part
of his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  that  those  who
enhance  the well-being and vitality of their community and have shown a
long and sustained commitment to excellence certainly  have  earned  the
recognition and applause of all the citizens of this great Empire State;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Lou Howard upon the occasion of his selection as  the  inaugural
inductee  of the Farmingdale State College Aviation Hall of Fame; and be
it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Lou Howard.

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