Dr. Howard Dooley - May 15, 2013
Dr. Howard B. Dooley, 96, of Aurora, formerly of Palmer and Omaha, died at Hamilton Manor in Aurora on Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Memorial services will be held on Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 55th and Leavenworth Streets in Omaha, with Rev. Steven Plank officiating. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at the Central City Cemetery with Ellen Campbell officiating.
The family encourages memorials to donor’s choice. Solt Funeral Home of Central City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.
Howard was born Oct. 6, 1916, in Palmer to Isaac Turner Dooley and Katherine M. (Badgley) Dooley. He graduated from Palmer High School, he earned his BA from Nebraska Central College in Central City, his BD from Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha, graduate study at the University of Omaha, and his Juris Doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha. Howard was also awarded honorary doctorates from Parsons, Doane and Hastings Colleges.
On Jan. 28, 1939, Howard was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Rogers in Central City. He began his career in Council Bluffs, Iowa, as student pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church from 1939 to 1943. Howard entered the United States Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the Marine Air Group 22 operating in the Central Pacific. He served as Chaplain at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., in 1945 and 1946. After completing his active duty in 1946, Howard entered the United States Naval Reserve and served as Commanding Officer of Chaplains Company 9-10 until he retired as a Captain in 1976. From 1946 to 1952, he was the Protestant Chaplain at Father Flanagan’s Boys Home in Omaha, from 1952 through 1957 he was pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa; and from 1957 through 1981, he served as president for the Nebraska Independent College Foundation and until 1983, was president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Nebraska. He served as president of the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation from 1981 to 1994 and was executive director of the Nebraska Educational Finance Authority from 1981 through 2001.
Howard was a long-time member and past president of the Omaha Downtown Rotary Club and was a member of the Nebraska Bar Association.
Survivors include his children, Roger Dooley and Hedy Pieramico of San Diego, Calif., Gary and Janet Dooley of Waterloo and Mary Johnson of Marquette; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law, Billie R. Gee of Central City.
Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Mary on Sept. 9, 2011; his parents; two brothers and three sisters; and son-in-law, Harold Johnson.