CH2M HILL co-founder dies
Jim Howland, a co-founder of the Denver-based engineering and operations company CH2M HILL, died Aug. 28 at the age of 92. Howland had served as general manager of the engineering firm, originally known as Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield, almost since its inception in 1946.
An Oregon native, Howland served as president of the firm from 1966 to 1974 and chairman of the board from 1974 to 1977. After retiring in 1982, Howland was appointed by Gov. Victor Atiyeh to the Oregon Water Resources Board, where he served from 1986 to 1994. Howland also continued to work with CH2M HILL when it funded an award program for the Washington-based National League of Cities to recognize communities that, through policies and planning, preserve and enrich residents’ quality of life. The award program was named in Howland’s honor, and he was involved in the program for several years.
“Jim Howland is one of those remarkable people who has enriched so many lives — in so many ways — that it becomes nearly impossible to keep track of all the good things he’s done,” said CH2M HILL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ralph Peterson in a statement.
CH2M HILL has created a Web site,
www.jimhowland.net, in Howland’s memory.