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The Class of 2013 Corridor of Fame induction. (l-r): Darwin Kingsley, Bob Callahan, Joyce Davenport, Sam Howe, Ralph Howe, Ned Edwards

Samuel P. Howe, III, died final week on the age of eighty-four. Howe grew up taking part in at Merion Cricket Membership. He starred on the varsity at Haverford Faculty, which misplaced only one interscholastic match in his tenure. At Yale he performed primary all three years on varsity, led the Eli to an intercollegiate group title in 1958 and as captain helped them upset the chances to clinch the 1959 nationwide five-man group title.

In 1962 he scored an much more surprising victory: unseeded, having by no means received any grownup squash match, Howe blitzed via the Nationwide Singles together with an thrilling restoration from a 2-0 deficit within the finals profitable 15-13 within the fifth. He captured a second Nationwide Singles in 1967 and misplaced an extra 3 times within the finals. He additionally received each main annual match throughout the winter circuit not less than as soon as.

Howe was a basic left-wall doubles participant (his lengthy, fluid strokes reminded everybody of Sam Snead’s golf swing). He received the Nationwide Doubles in 1963, 1964, 1967, 1969, 1970 and 1971, the primary three with Invoice Danforth and the second three together with his youthful brother Ralph Howe. In 1967 Howe pulled off a North American grand slam, profitable the nationwide singles and doubles titles of each the U.S. and Canada, a feat that has by no means since been duplicated. He later received the Nationwide Doubles 55+ in 1996 and 65+ in 2004.

An excellent athlete, Howe was a prime tennis participant at Haverford and Yale and received two rounds and nearly the mandatory third within the qualifying at Wimbledon in 1967. He was additionally a nationwide champion in court docket tennis. Howe was inducted into the Faculty Squash Affiliation Corridor of Fame in 1994, the U.S. Squash Corridor of Fame in 2002, the Haverford Faculty Athletic Corridor of Fame in 2011 and the Worldwide Courtroom Tennis Corridor of Fame final December.

Past the on-court achievements, Howe was recognized for his eager curiosity within the squash group. He mentored generations of gamers. He was an avuncular presence within the galleries at a mess of occasions each giant and small. He got here to nearly daily of matches on the U.S. Open. Simply days earlier than the pandemic shut down the nation, he flew out on his personal to Minneapolis to look at the 2020 Nationwide Doubles. He served on the board, govt committee and varied committees of US Squash, in addition to the U.S. Courtroom Tennis Affiliation and the U.S. Jesters Membership and was president of the Racquet Membership of Philadelphia.

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