Howard donates estate
March 13, 1998
A $250,000 scholarship fund will be set up in honor of recently deceased
Dr. Hildegarde Howard and will be available for women pursuing careers in
Dr. Howard, 96, died Feb. 28. She had no survivors and a service was
She was chief science curator emeritus for the Los Angeles County Museum
of Natural History from 1951 until 1961, when she retired.
Dr. Howard majored in science at the University of California in the
1920s when women were not allowed on field trips, but earned three degrees
in fossil bird research.
As a paleontologist, she researched and studied bird fossils doing her
most extensive and internationally known research at the La Brea Tar Pits
in Los Angeles.
In 1953, Dr. Howard became the first woman awarded the Brewster Medal
by the American Ornithologists Union for outstanding research in the study
of birds. She was also elected the first woman president of the Southern
California Academy of Sciences.
Bob Earhart, associate vice president of University Relations, said
Dr. Howard's name was passed on to him about 10 years ago by Lowell Brubaker,
trustee to the University, who suggested cultivating a relationship with
"I knew her when she was a curator, long before she retired and
moved to Leisure World. I knew of her interest in students, although she
did not have any children of her own," said Brubaker.
Dr. Howard left a provision in her will that her estate should go to
the University of La Verne in the form of a scholarship.
She was involved with the Imperial Heights Church of the Brethren in
Los Angeles. Brubaker remembers her being on committees, involved in worship
services, prayer fellowship groups and meditation groups.
"She was a very interesting and loving person," said Brubaker.
The eligibility requirements for the scholarship have not been confirmed.