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Howard, Frances Humphrey (Honorary Member)*

Honors and Awards (selected)

  • Honorary member (Fellow), 1990
Other Awards
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Pioneer Award, 2000
  • Institute of International Education Duggan Award for International Understanding, 1999
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters (honorary): University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore MD, 1993
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters (honorary), Seton Hill College, Greensburg PA, 1993
  • Honorary Commissioner, International Year of the Child, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1979


Other Accomplishments & Activities (selected)

  • Board Member, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC
  • Board Member, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC
  • Board Member, Capital Children’s Museum, Washington DC
  • Advisory Board, Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Member, U.S. Committee on Refugees


Publications (5 representative)

  • Howard FH. The Children’s Ombudsman in Sweden: spokesperson for all children. Swedish Information Services, 1980-1981.  
  • West RT, Howard FH. Area health education centers and health science library services. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1977 Jul;65(3):368-76. 
  • Howard FH. America’s voluntary agencies abroad. The George Washington University Magazine. 1967 Fall;4(3)28-31. 
  • Howard FH. Latin American women on the move. National Business Woman,1966 Nov. 
  • Howard FH.  Russia through a woman’s eyes. Baltimore Sun. 1958 Nov 9; Section A, p.5.


Professional Positions (selected)

  • Special Assistant to Associate Director for Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, 1970-1999
  • Chief Liaison Officer, Voluntary Health Programs, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1969
  • Chief Liaison Officer, Non-Governmental Organizations, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1961-1968
  • Liaison Officer, International Cooperation Administration, U.S. Department of State, 1960
  • Executive Director, United Nations Association of Maryland, 1956-59
  • Executive Secretary, United Nations Association of South Dakota, 1953
  • Office of Civilian Defense, 1941-1945, initially as Special Assistant to Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Assistant Director for Social Welfare, Washington Council of Churches, 1938-41


MLA published statements about the fellow

  • Lindberg DAB. Frances Humphrey Howard, 1914–2002. J Med Libr Assoc. 2003 Apr;91(2):269.
  • Banks JL. Members in the news: Frances Humphrey Howard. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1995 Jan:82(1):85.
  • Proceedings, Ninetieth annual meeting Medical Library Association, Inc. Detroit, Michigan May 18-24, 1990.  Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1991 Jan;79(1):134.



  • MA, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1941
  • BA, George Washington University, Washington DC, 1937


Note: Her papers are held by the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,


Contributed by Betsy L. Humphreys, MLS, FMLA


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