The Downing Howell Tennis Courts Dedicated

An artist’s rendition of the new Downing Howell Tennis Courts is unveiled at the naming ceremony on Saturday.

Oglethorpe University dedicated its 6-court tennis complex on Saturday, December 11, in a naming ceremony held on the courts.  The complex is now known as the Downing Howell Tennis Courts, in remembrance of the grandson of the late G. Arthur Howell Jr. ’72H, who gave generously to support the OU tennis program.

Mr. G. Arthur Howell Jr. ’72H served on the Oglethorpe University Board of Trustees for more than 50 years. An honorary degree recipient and trustee emeritus, he is remembered for his support of the Oglethorpe tennis program. His son, Peter Howell, is the head coach of the Men’s and Women’s teams.

Mr. Howell was an Oglethorpe University Trustee Emeritus, having served on the Board of Trustees  from 1946 to 2001. He also served as Board chairman and received an honorary degree from Oglethorpe in 1972. Mr. Howell was a prominent Atlanta attorney and civic leader.

OU Trustee Warren Jobe ’09H and Board Chair Jack Guynn ’05H both spoke at the event, along with OU President Larry Schall.

“Mr. Howell was a very special friend to Oglethorpe,” said Dr. Schall. “In light of Arthur’s recent passing, this event takes on another layer of significance to the Oglethorpe community. We honor him, his legacy and his generosity.”

Student-athletes attending the event heard about Mr. Howell’s legacy and the importance of the Howell Family to Oglethorpe’s athletics program.

OU President Larry Schall


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