The F. Clark Howell Memorial Endowment Campaign
A testament to the man who impacted the lives of so many, by teaching us what it means to be human.
A Lasting Tribute
With the enthusiastic encouragement of Clark Howell, The Leakey Foundation launched the F. Clark Howell Endowment Campaign in 2006 to increase the size of our endowment.
Clark served as Chairman Emeritus of the Foundation’s Scientific Executive Committee, and was a valued Trustee of the Board. This campaign is a lasting tribute to his unparalleled achievement in the field and classroom.
This special endowment-building initiative in memory of Clark will raise $7.5 million to benefit human origins research and learning.
THE FINAL PHASE
Since the launch of the F. Clark Howell Endowment Campaign, The Leakey Foundation has raised over $6 million. Clark assisted the Foundation in raising these funds, and until his passing in March 2007, was engaged, and willing to lend his voice or an idea to help make the campaign a success.
Now, we need your help with this final phase to reach our goal! Please make a thoughtful gift in honor of Clark’s life and work.
The Leakey Foundation understands that this type of gift may take great consideration and pause for thought. Your contribution may be paid over time, in installments, and will be matched 1:1 by Chairman Gordon Getty.
It’s fast and easy.
NOW IS THE TIME
Clark understood that the funding of research related to human origins would soon fall completely on the shoulders of a few sources, as universities and other major institutions cut back their financial support. He emphasized that these other resources would focus on more traditional, large-scale projects, which would leave little room for the younger, inspired field researcher.
As key sites throughout the world are quickly and quietly disappearing, Clark expressed the urgency to raise this money now to ensure that the discoveries yet to be made would not be lost forever.
CLOSING THE FUNDING GAP
At present, The Leakey Foundation is able to fund only a small number of the well qualified, promising proposals in its semi-annual Granting Sessions because the funds are simply not available. The organization’s endowment base has performed admirably, but is simply insufficient to meet the demands of today’s research and discovery.
Sadly, a funding gap of just a few thousand dollars for groundbreaking research is the difference between a remarkable discovery and the permanent loss of crucial knowledge.
By increasing the size of the Foundation’s endowment, we can provide more funds, faster.
Supporters of the Campaign
Omo ($50,000 or more)
Remembering F. Clark Howell
“Clark Howell was a great, gutsy guy. He was our mentor, and his tremendous knowledge of the field was endlessly invaluable.”
A Reflection on F. Clark Howell’s Legacy
“Clark would be an extraordinary paleoanthropologist if his contributions were limited to his seminal papers on every phase of human evolution, including the australopiths, Homo erectus, and the Neanderthals, but he has also led productive, problem-oriented field expeditions at a remarkable variety of sites in Europe, Western Asia, and Africa.”
“More than that, although many now call themselves paleoanthropologists, they usually limit themselves to one aspect, mainly the study of human fossils, while Clark has long been unique for his ability to place the fossils into their geologic and geochronologic context and to integrate the fossil and archaeological records. For the breadth of his knowledge and his ability to synthesize information from human paleontology, archeology, and the related earth sciences, he is the only specialist who truly deserves the title paleoanthropologist.”
Remembrances of Clark Howell from the Kamba Members of the Omo Research Expedition
“‘Mzee’ helped me so much in building and shaping my future life.”
“When Clark’s pistol was stolen by the Dassanetch, Kithumbi, Frank Brown and I tracked down the thieves and recovered the pistol. We all did this because of our love for Mzee.”
“Through my work with Clark, I learned a lot of different things that to date help me in different spheres of my life.”
“I remember one time when Clark had a muscle cramp while out in the field. Because of our love for Clark, Kithumbi and I carried Clark on our backs all the way back to the camp.”
“My children were able to go through school because of the financial support extended to me by Clark.”
“Clark taught me about the stone tool technology and also about the early fossil remains.”
“I very much enjoyed research work under Clark.”
“I very much enjoyed working with that very nice white man and it as always a pleasure to work with him.”
Read More About F. Clark Howell
- New York Times obituary, written by John Noble Wilford
- San Francisco Chronicle obituary, written by David Perlman
- Nature obituary, written by Dr. Tim White (PDF, 160k)
- Of Burnt Coffee and Pecan Pie: Recollections of F. Clark Howell, written by Dr. Susan Anton (PDF, 9.2mb)