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1nnte. . Haworth "Howie," Beta Beta 1941, passed away on July 27, 2012.
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Alpha Chi Sigma mourns the loss of OA J. Haworth"Howie" Jonte,
who passed away July 27, 2012, at the age of 93.
Dr. Jonte (known to everyone as "Howie") received his bachelor's
degree in chemistry from the College of the Pacific, where his father, J.
Herbert Jonte, was a professor of geochemistry. Howie went on to grad
uate school at Washington State University and was initiated by Beta
Beta Chapter in 1941.
After receiving his master's dege, Howie joined Shell as an analyst
ical chemist. In 1946, he returned to academia and began teaching at
Iowa State University. In 1951, he moved to the University of Arkansas,
earning a doctorate degree in 1956. He attended his first Conclave in
1954. After leaving Arkansas, he returned to industry and worked for
Texaco in Houston, Texas, where he became involved with the Houston
Professional Chapter and served as Southwestern District Counselor.
Howie was instrumental to the creation of Beta Omicron Chapter at
the University of Houston. He attended his second Conclave in 1958 and
has attended every Conclave since. In 1966, he returned to academia,
joining the chemistry department at the South Dakota School of Mines,
where he helped create Beta Phi Chapter. He was elected to the Supreme
Council in 1966, serving as Grand Master Alchemist from 1970 to 1972.
Howie had the unique opportunity to be at his father's initiation in 1961
at Beta Pi and also took part in his son iJ. Michael Jonte's initiation at Beta
Phi in 1973 and his daughter Dorothy Jonte Engelking's initiation at Beta
Phi in 1981.
Howie is survived by his wife of 70 years, Eloise Jonte; his three
daughters, Barbara Boswell, Sharon Harrison and Dorothy Engelking,
Beta Phi 1981; his son, J. Michael Jonte Beta Phi 1973; seven grandchil-
dren; and five great-grandchildren.
The J. Haworth Jonte Award for the Most Improved Collegiate
Chapter is awarded at each Conclave to recognize the collegiate chapter
that demonstrates the most improvement over the previous biennium.
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