LIMA — Dr. James (“Jim”) Alfred Howenstine, 84, of Heredia,Costa Rica, formerly of Lima, died at home on June 7, 2013.
He was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Columbus, the firstborn child of James Alfred Howenstine Sr. and Catherine Beecher Chancellor Howenstine. His father, James Sr., was an entrepreneur and manufacturer who innovated use of the illuminated plastic sign. His mother, Catherine, was a descendant of Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”) and a former schoolteacher.
Jim grew up in Lima, attended The Ohio State University for two years, then completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Denison in 1950. He earned a medical degree from Northwestern in 1954, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital (Tufts) in 1960, followed by a one-year National Institutes of Health fellowship in kidney disease at University of California San Francisco (UCSF). He had a private practice in internal medicine in San Francisco from 1964 to 1991. He was also an associate clinical professor of medicine at UCSF from 1964 to 1991.
He moved to Arizona in 1991, to become head of internal medicine at Thomas Davis Medical Center in Glendale. In 1997, he retired from a 36-year medical career and moved to Costa Rica with his wife, Lourdes. He came out of retirement shortly thereafter to pursue the practice of alternative medicine. He authored two editions of the book, “A Physician’s Guide to Natural Health Products That Work.”
Loved to travel, follow sports (Go, Buckeyes!), read and play golf. A true Howenstine, he loved to eat and hated to miss a meal. He will be remembered for his intelligence, affability, quick wit, stubbornness, incessant curiosity and dedication to the Christian faith. Survived by wife, Lourdes; siblings, Louise Whiteford, Virginia Robison, John Howenstine and Tom Howenstine; son, Michael McDermott, and daughters, Marisa Howenstine, Sabrina Howenstine and Lara Howenstine. He was preceded in death by his sister, Elinor Howenstine, who died in 2011.
A memorial service was held at Funeraria Polini in San Jose, Costa Rica, on June 9. Another memorial to follow in late summer at Forest Home Cemetery, Hicksville.