Celebrating Her Legacy

Join us on June 1st for a Celebration of Life in honor of Dr. Howell: click here to register to attend.

"Take the research that is being done, translate it, and put it into practical use.  Please take it seriously because we have no way to go but up, no option but success, no way to go but to fill the need.  It is filling that need that I hope our Foundation will constantly do as its mission...

 And so far I believe we’ve succeeded."

                             ~ Dr. Doris Howell.

Dr. Howell led the Board of the Doris A. Howell Foundation with great commitment.  Her legacy is the incredible passion to help others and advance women’s health research, recognized by past and current Board Members and members in the community who came to know her as a colleague and a friend.

"I so admired Doris and thought the world of her. She was an incredible person and I will never forget her. She was a mentor and an inspiration. Very few people have the sense of humor, brilliance, class and elegance that was always shown by Doris to everyone. I am honored to have known her. She gave me a small silver angel many years ago that is still on my dressing table, a piece of her is with me every day." Tina SN 

"Thank you for everything Dr. Howell.  Your legacy will live on forever" USD Hahn School of Nursing 

"We all know her as a fierce advocate for undergraduate researchers. She had a long, impactful and inspirational career as a physician, philanthropist, and palliative care advocate. She will be greatly missed by the CSUPERB community." CSU Program for Education in Biology (CSUPERB)

"Dr. Howell was truly incredible and such an inspiration. She touched so many people in her 95 years of dedication to medicine, research and hospice care. Beyond being such an accomplished woman, she was a kind, dear person to all who knew her. I feel so lucky to have known her the last 12 years and will cherish my memories of her wit, intelligence, humor and kindness." Tanya F. 

"Dr. Howell will continue to inspire and serve as a role model to us all." Patty R.

"Dr. Howell was an inspiration to thousands of people throughout her career. Her extraordinary work as Founder of San Diego Hospice helped to change the way medicine is practiced to support those at the end of life, and it was an honor to be a part of that incredible community treasure. It’s comforting to know her legacy of providing scholarships to students researching women's health issues will live on through the Howell Foundation." Melissa D. 

"Dr. Howell also chaired the ethics committee for many years at UCSD. She was a wonderful role model, inspiring mentor and dear friend to all of us." Julie CN 

"She was a pioneer and leader in her field. Her legacy of providing scholarships to students researching women's health issues will live on through the Howell Foundation." Constance M. 

"Dr. Howell was an amazing, amazing person. What a beautiful heart she had for everyone. Always there to help anyone who had a need.  She made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many. I am blessed in so many ways to have had the privilege to know her and work with her." Cheryl N. 

"Boy do we need more of HER in our world. I was honored to gain some of the best nuggets of wisdom in my life at her feet. She impacted the generations behind her. Grateful is too small a word. She was a living legacy." Kristen  C,


  1. Providing grants for women's health research to promising undergraduates
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  2. Sponsoring symposia, learning luncheons and other educational outreach mechanisms concerning women's health and related issues.
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