Will Howard seeks third term on orphans’ court
EASTON — Will Howard is running for re-election in the race for Talbot County Orphans’ Court judge.
He first was elected in 2010, served two terms and now is seeking his third.
“The first four years, I was really a student listening,” he said, taking on a more active role in his subsequent term.
Howard emphasized that compassion is key to serving on the court.
“People come in and see three old men in black coats, and they’re scared to death,” he said. “I give them a smile, a ‘good morning,’ a ‘how are you doing?’ and interact in a friendly way.”
Howard said when resolving issues among families in conflict, each person is given an opportunity to speak on the record.
“In some cases, they work it out themselves and they all leave happy,” he said. “It’s rare, but it does happen. That’s when we’ve done our job.”
Howard graduated from the Countr y School, Saints Peter and Paul in Easton, and the University of Mar yland, College Park, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, working part time as a reporter for the Associated Press.
In 1969, he covered the occupation of the Skinner Building by Students for a Democratic Society, and also worked as a film photographer for WBAL-TV and as a police reporter and columnist for the Baltimore News American.
He was a guest narrator for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on two occasions.
He opened three restaurants, Chambers, Cecile’s and Legal Spirits in Easton, in the 1980s and 1990s, and operates familyowned Chesapeake Bowling Lanes. He started “Visitors TV Network,” which produces tourism documentaries with dominant hotel market share in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Nashville, Savannah and Washington, D.C.
The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce awarded the Chambers Restaurant a Small Business of the Year Award in 1986.
Howard has received numerous honors, including seven Governor’s Citations from five Maryland governors (1983,
1991, two in 1994, 1995, 2005,
2008), three citations from the Maryland Senate (2005, two in
2008),and three citations from Maryland House of Delegates
Talbot County Council commendations awarded Howard for community service from 1991 to
Howard was a founding director of CASA of Talbot County and the Talbot Paramedic Foundation; founder and president of Talbot Philanthropies Inc.; president of Talbot Hospice; and chairman of Mid-Atlantic Maritime Festival, Easton Air Shows, George Murphy Community Pool, Talbot Heart Association and Talbot County Cancer Society.
He also was co-founder of Operation Christmas Spirit, and was named Maryland’s Most Beautiful Person Talbot 1991 and Talbot Chamber Business Man of the Year 1995.
He is credited with saving Easton’s historic Avalon Theatre from demolition by purchasing the building in 1986 with a partner. He hosted and produced 40 video programs for the Avalon Foundation’s MCTV and online at ThatManAboutTown.com.
Howard was appointed by Gov. William Donald Schaefer to one of three people to “Subsequent Injury Fund Board” confirmed by the Senate and Schaefer Citizen Cabinet.
He was director of Comtex News Network, Hadron Inc., Talbot Humane, Habitat for Humanity, Talbot County Historical Society and Chase Bank.
Gen. Andy Anderson, then vice president of the Talbot County Council, nominated Howard for a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for a seven-part Star Democrat series about inadequate housing in Talbot County.
“It was great to be considered, but I wasn’t awarded the Pulitzer,” he said.
Howard enjoys piloting Cessna airplanes and once piloted hot air balloons, too.
He and his wife, Dorothy, have three daughters; Healy, Katie and Tracy; a son, James; and two grandchildren, Stella and Lucas Ikonomou.