Yvonne Caro Howard
1905 - 1977
Yvonne Caro Howard, a pianist and native of New Zealand, taught in two academies and three colleges in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Following completion of an A.B. diploma at Pacific Union College in 1925, she began her teaching career at Lodi Academy, where she had attended and graduated from two years earlier.
Howard then taught at Monterey Bay Academy in California before accepting a position at Washington Missionary College, now Washington Adventist University, in 1942, where she taught piano and directed Vox Celeste, a women's choir. She completed a B.A. in music at WMC in 1948.
At that time she accepted a position at Avondale College, where she taught from 1948 to 1952, teaching piano and voice and serving as conductor of the Ladies' Symphonic Choir, assisting choir director George Greer, who had worked with her earlier at WMC.
Howard returned to the U.S. and again taught at Lodi Academy for four years. During that time she completed an M.Mus. in music education at the College of the Pacific and in 1956 accepted an invitation to teach at Pacific Union College. For the next fifteen years she taught piano, music history, and music education at PUC until her retirement as an associate professor at age 67. She was honored with the rank of emeritus professor at that time.
Sources: Articles in the Washington Missionary College school paper, The Sligonian, 1943-1948; Milton Hook, Avondale: Experiment on the Dora (Centennial History), 1998, 206, 233; "Mrs. Howard to Join Faculty, Pacific Union Recorder, 17 September 1956; "Three faculty Members Retire," Pacific Union Recorder, 9 July 1973, 7; Obituaries, Pacific Union Recorder, 21 November 1977, and the R&H, 29 December 1977.