Bill Howie arrived at Loras College all the way from Jackson, Mississippi in the fall of 1951 and embarked on a four year baseball career that few have matched. As a frosh in the 1952 squad, Howie helped the team to its first pennant in the spring when they amassed a record of 7-0 in the northern division of the Iowa Conference. That year he established himself as a high percentage hitter under head coach Vince Dowd, notching 15 hits in 38 total at bats (.395 batting average). Bill never hit below .309 in a season, and topped out at .451 in 1954 when the team compiled an 11-3 record. He had a team high 23 hits that year.
Howie was essentially a singles machine from his middle infield positions over the course of his career, but also managed two homeruns during his senior season when the team went 14-4. For his career, he hit .387 and scored at least ten runs in every season. In the four seasons Howie lettered with the baseball squad the Duhawks went 37-13.
Bill's successes weren't limited to the baseball diamond. He was also a member of the student senate, the choir, a class vice president, and Delta Epsilon Sigma. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1955 with a degree in chemistry, he garnered a fellowship at Purdue University where he earned his PhD in chemistry in 1959. A career in the field lasting over 35 years ensued, and Bill has given numerous presentations at technical conferences, contributed to a number of publications, and is also credited with a number of patents. He is now retired as Manager of Research and Development for Albermale and resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife, Harriett. They are the proud parents of three, Clinton, Laura, and Mark (deceased), and have seven grandchildren.