Memorials scheduled for former Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell

Deborah Howell
Deborah Howell, former ombudsman at the Washington Post and a campaigning editor and bureau chief has died as the result of an automobile accident while on vacation in New Zealand.
An obituary appeared in the Jan. 3 edition of The Post.

ONO President Stephen Pritchard described Howell as a great supporter of ONO. “We will miss her lively, enquiring mind and her wise interventions at our conferences,” Pritchard said.

Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 — what would have been Howell’s 69th birthday — at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. A reception will follow.

A second ceremony has been set for 11 am Jan. 23 at Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St., St. Paul, Minn.

The family has created a scholarship in Howell’s name and prefers donations there in lieu of flowers. The Deborah C. Howell Memorial Scholarship for Women in Journalism was created to help women majoring in journalism at the University of Texas in Austin (where Howell received her journalism degree). Online contributions can be made at

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