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Caldwell Fellows Philanthropy Spotlight: David and Martha Howard

Celebrating generations of giving.

Martha and David Howard at an NC State Football game
Martha & David Howard.

David and Martha Howard exhibit the heart of the Caldwell Fellows program philanthropic efforts by maintaining a multigenerational lineage of donors to our program and the university. 

David’s father, Paul N. Howard Jr. graduated from NC State in 1944 with a degree in civil engineering. David’s grandfather, Paul N. Howard Sr., also graduated from NC State with a degree in civil engineering in 1916. Paul N. Howard Jr. was the chairman of the board of Paul N. Howard Co., one of the nation’s leading heavy and public works construction companies. In addition to serving six years on the NC State University Alumni Association Board of Directors, he served as its president in 1977. In 1979 he was named the university’s Outstanding Engineering Alumnus and in 1981 he received the NC State Alumni Association Meritorious Service Award. Paul was an accomplished member of the Pack and carried that honor throughout his life. He was also a sustaining donor to the university. 

Now, David Howard, and his wife Martha have continued the legacy of Paul Howard’s generosity through their financial support of the Caldwell Fellows endowment in the Howard family name. This endowment helps make the Caldwell Fellows scholarship available to a current Fellow. 

Currently, David is a partner in a real estate development and construction company, and when not with Martha, he may be found golfing. Martha has been devoted to raising their family of three children and now enjoys time at their mountain home, traveling, and being a grandmother. Their interest in supporting the Caldwell Fellows program is to continue the legacy David’s father began of giving back to the university that has done so much for their family. David and Martha are proud to be advocates and supporters of the leadership development work made possible in the Caldwell Fellows program.

Paul N. Howard Jr. `44 (center) with his sons.

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