An AG Club Lion Passes

Howard Kamin at our November meeting.

Howard Kamin at our November meeting.

The gentleman who became the face of the Louisville Ag Club Scholarship program, which has helped scores of young people pursue agricultural careers, has passed.

Howard A. Kamin, 95, died peacefully Monday, December 14, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. He was a stalwart of the Ag Club, involved to his final days. He was an organizer, an idea man who concocted ways to raise funds for the scholarship effort, always focused on maximizing the club’s effort in order to do more. He organized and began the scholarship effort in 1983 with just $300, believing the club should take an active role in promoting ag careers and helping young people. Today that fund has grown appreciably and now 3 scholarships totaling almost $10,000 are given away each year.

In 1995, Howard was presented the club’s Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award, its highest honor. He was also a past President and served numerous board positions, and throughout a smiling face and friend to all in the club.

Howard was born on August 18, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois. After Graduating from the University of Chicago, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served until February of 1946. He was extremely honored to have served his country in World War II. Howard was an active member of the Louisville Agricultural Club and Calvin Presbyterian Church. Some of his favorite past times were playing “Freddy Farmer” at the annual Kentucky State Fair, hosting the Men’s Small Group, and following his favorite sports teams.

Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Kamin; his parents, Arthur and Elsa Kamin; and his brothers, John and Donald Kamin.

He is survived by his children, Nancy McFarland (James) of St. Charles, Illinois; William Kamin of Boulder, Colorado; Andrea Ellis (Johnny), Laurie Hawkins (Stan), and Gretchen Cannon of Atlanta, Georgia; David Miller of St. Augustine, Florida; Hal Miller (Carol) of Louisville, Kentucky; Donna Cleverdon (Daniel) of Silver Spring, Maryland; grandchildren Virginia Kamin, Christine Fonville, Beau Kamin, Alyssa Kamin, Colby Kamin, Kimberly Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins; and three great grandchildren.

The family is deeply appreciative of the amazing healthcare family whose loving care enabled Howard to live comfortably at home and on his own terms. We are forever grateful for the lifelong, loyal friends at Calvin Presbyterian Church, the Louisville Ag Club, and the many friends and neighbors within the community who enriched both Katie’s and Howard’s lives.

A memorial service will be held at Calvin Presbyterian Church in late April (details to be finalized at a later date).

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