Howard Lorenz was a genuine two-sport star for Bartlett High School in a noteworthy career that spanned three years in the mid-to-late 1930s.
He demonstrated superb prowess in football and basketball, playing on varsity teams for three years in both sports.
He is considered to be among Bartlett’s outstanding defensive ends and also contributed mightily as a sure-handed receiver. In a noteworthy achievement, Howie caught the winning touchdown against archrival Wells High of Southbridge. The clutch reception came after Howie returned to the team from an appendectomy.
Playing guard and center, he also is considered to be among the school’s top basketball players. In fact, he is considered by some to be the most outstanding defensive player in Bartlett basketball history. He served as team captain his senior year.
Howie’s list of extra-curricular activities at Bartlett is impressive. He was a three-year member of the Boys Club, served on the Student Council for two years, and was a member of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood, Athletic Council, Executive Council, the Junior Prom Committee, and the Class Day Committee.
Howie served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He participated in the Berlin Airlift.
He graduated from Springfield College in 1963.
His wife Katherine and daughters Susan, Linda, and Paula survive the late Howard Lorenz.