FORT WORTH — The notion that public service today helps improve communities for future generations is a way of life for Fort Worth attorney Thomas Allan Howeth.Howeth is credited with many good deeds, including helping form the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment, which helps supplement the YMCA’s budget.Howeth also helped Catholic Charities Fort Worth with a fundraising campaign to support a new 84,000-square-foot campus that opened in spring 2010.For those and other community service efforts, Howeth will be named Fort Worth’s Outstanding Citizen for 2012 at the Exchange Club’s 84th annual Golden Deeds Award Banquet on Tuesday.“Allan is strong, kind, wise and a smart thinker,” said Heather Reynolds, president and CEO of Catholic Charities Fort Worth, in a statement submitted to the Exchange Club. “His fingerprints are all over our city with the work he has done to ensure the least of our brothers and sisters are cared for and rise out of poverty.”Howeth, 75, was born and raised in Fort Worth and graduated from Arlington Heights High School in 1956. He started attending college at Texas Tech University, but after two years transferred to TCU.“I am very surprised but very honored to receive this award,” Howeth said.Howeth graduated in 1960 from TCU, where he majored in government and minored in history. He obtained a law degree from Southern Methodist University in 1963 and was licensed to practice soon after that, he said. That same year, he began working at Cantey Hanger LLP.Howeth hasn’t slowed down since. He was a managing partner at Cantey Hanger for 20 years and continues to practice estate planning and probate law.He has been married to his wife, Sandra, for 48 years, according to a biography compiled by the Exchange Club. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren.Howeth serves on the board of directors for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth Endowment. He has served as attorney for the Key School Board of Directors and was a former chairman of the board of directors for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.He is chairman of the University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation Board of Directors, which raises money for the center. He was also recently named to an advisory task force aimed at bringing a Fort Worth perspective to UNT System leaders about the Health Science Center.Ronald Clinkscale, chairman of the award selection committee, said Howeth’s work reaches many parts of the community.“He’s an individual who has made a great contribution to the community with his talents and time,” Clinkscale said.Howeth said he serves to give back.“We do live here, and for the benefit of everyone who is here now and their children and grandchildren,” he said.Warren Shipman III, secretary and treasurer for the Exchange Club, said Howeth’s body of community service is amazing.“He is quite outstanding,” said Shipman, who served on the award committee. “He’s been a city leader for many years.” This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.
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