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Howard R Layton

Howard R Layton

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05/15/17 09:35 PM #1    

Isabel Vreeland (Hoverman)

Howard Roy Layton


Millsboro, Delaware


The obituary below was found at


Howard Roy Layton, 65, died November 18, 2009, at Renaissance Health Care, Millsboro, Deleware. He was born in Lewes to the late Roy H. Layton and Irene Isaacs Layton Elliott. He graduated from Georgetown High School in 1962, where he was co-captain of the undefeated football team and valedictorian of his class.

Howard received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, in 1967, where he was a Thomas B. McCabe Academic Achievement Scholarship recipient. He then received his MBA degree with an accounting concentration from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in 1972. Howard was a Certified Public Accountant, working from his home office for approximately 35 years. He was an instructor in the Business Department at Delaware Tech-Owens Campus from 1975 through 1992. After his retirement from Delaware Tech, he was a national seminar speaker through 2001 on estate and financial planning topics. Howard was also a certified specialist in Estate Planning. His memberships included: (see listing at url given above).

He was the author of several manuals on estate subjects for the education of tax professionals.

Howard will be remembered for his quick wit, brilliant mind, and wry sense of humor. He enjoyed football, lacrosse, bird watching, traveling and bluegrass music.

He was preceded in death by a nephew, Scott L. Pfeiffer in 1990. He is survived by two sisters, Judy Pfeiffer, and Bonnie Atkins and Ray of Georgetown; a brother, Jeff Elliott and Lisa of Delmar; a neice, Canice Kinnel and Steve; a nephew, Brian Atkins, all of Georgetown; his step-father, John T. Elliott and Barbara of Delmar; his companion, Jo Ann Staples of Denton, and her family Katie Smith of Easton, and Billy Staples and Kristin of Salisbury; and his beloved cats Senor Puhtz and Little Girl.

The family gives special thanks to the staff on the Rehoboth wing at Renaissance Health Care for their loving and compassionate care over the last two months.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Howard L. Layton Scholarship, DTCC Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 660, Georgetown, DE 19947


05/16/17 01:21 PM #2    

Donald Marritz

Howie loved Swarthmore.  It was in his blood and bones.  He was a member of the undefeated football team our senior year.  Later in life, he went to every single football game, home and away.  It was a bitter and crushing blow to him when the school dropped football.

Howie was nothing if not genuine.  You always knew where he stood.  And despite his size and bulk, he stood with style and grace.  He had a generous spirit.

Boolah, Boolah.

05/17/17 11:14 PM #3    

Robert W Kneisley

Boolah was a one-of-a-kind, larger than life figure.  Always quick with a joke, a big guy with a big heart.  He was a fierce supporter of Swarthmore, due at least partly to the fact that the College gave him a second chance under trying circumstances.  He passed away far too soon.  He will live on the memories on many friends and classmates.


Bob Kneisley '67

05/24/17 04:16 PM #4    

Douglas B Huron

I don’t know that Steve Hitchner and Howard were particularly good friends during college, although they were both defensemen on the lacrosse team.  But before Steve died, he and Howard became extremely close.  That says something about both.




05/25/17 02:44 PM #5    

Edward T Fei

I understand he was buried with a football.

06/03/17 03:58 PM #6    

Mark Sherkow

I remember Boolah as someone friendly with an easy smile, easy to talk to, quiet and understated but wity and funny. 


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