L. Vern Howell Endowed Scholarship in Medicine
Nellie H. Howell was born in Seattle in 1894, the first baby to enter the city’s birth records. She moved with her family to Fall City, Wash., where she graduated from Fall City High School. Mrs. Howell attended the University of Washington from 1912 to 1914, and, for the next two years, taught school on Whidbey Island.
For a number of years, she and her husband, Vern Howell, owned and operated a grocery store in Issaquah. After her husband’s death in 1969, Mrs. Howell traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She died at the Bellevue Terrace Convalescent Center in June 1984. Her will contained provisions to create a medical-school loan fund named after her husband.
In converting this loan fund into an endowed scholarship in 2008, UW Medicine pays tribute to Nellie H. Howell and honors her intention to support medical students at the UW School of Medicine.